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The First Power (1990)

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A dedicated L.A. police detective and a female psychic must stop a demonic serial killer who was given the powers of resurrection, teleportation and possession.

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Robert Resnikoff

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lou Diamond Phillips ... Russell Logan
Tracy Griffith ... Tess Seaton
Jeff Kober ... Patrick Channing
Mykelti Williamson ... Detective Oliver Franklin (as Mykel T. Williamson)
Elizabeth Arlen ... Sister Marguerite
Dennis Lipscomb ... Commander Perkins
Carmen Argenziano ... Lieutenant Grimes
Julianna McCarthy Julianna McCarthy ... Grandmother
Nada Despotovich Nada Despotovich ... Bag Lady
Sue Giosa ... Carmen
Clayton Landey ... Mazza
Hansford Rowe ... Father Brian
Philip Abbott ... Cardinal
David Gale ... Monsignor
J. Patrick McNamara ... Priest
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Storyline

A killer is given the gas chamber after committing several demonic murders. His spirit is released and given power by the Devil. Now the cop that caught him before must find a way to do it again. Written by Glenn J. Schworak <glenn@g-world.com>

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Satan has created the perfect killer. One who cannot be stopped. Be warned.

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Crime | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pentagram See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,677,715, 8 April 1990

Gross USA:

$22,424,195

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,424,195
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Fangoria Magazine ran a large story on the film when it was to be called "Transit". See more »

Goofs

Logan's shoes as he climbs through the church window. See more »

Quotes

Tess Seaton: Patrick you can't keep on killing forever!
Patrick Channing: Wanna Bet!
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Connections

Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

La Revolcada
Performed by Mariachi Uclatlan (as Mariachi Uclatlán)
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Body Hopping Horror
4 August 2019 | by staciewilliams-89515See all my reviews

Some movies get a bit lost in the shuffle and The First Power seems to have suffered from bad timing if anything. Released at the start of the 90's when horror was on the decline, it didn't seem that there was much of an audience for this kind of movie, but it's not a bad movie at all and a lot of fun.

Lou Diamond Phillips plays a cop whose track record for finding and imprisoning serial killers is some sort of legend. He gets an anonymous tip from a mysterious woman about the whereabouts of a killer named The Pentagram Killer, but warns him to only catch him and imprison him - not to kill him. He catches him, but the killer ends up getting executed in prison and his evil spirit is now free to torment and kill more people - this time, by jumping into other people's bodies.

The First Power might have a few missteps here and there (the killer's need to crack jokes reeks of late-stage Freddy Krueger and the nun character only seems to show up when necessary and is pure plot device), but the pacing is pretty even and the performances aren't bad with Phillips holding down the fort well as the lead and Tracy Griffith does well as the psychic.


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