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The Unseen (1980)

A trio of female reporters find themselves staying overnight in a house occupied by a hostile being lurking in the basement.

Director:

Danny Steinmann (as Peter Foleg)

Writers:

Michael L. Grace (screenplay), Michael L. Grace (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stephen Furst ... 'Junior' Keller (The Unseen)
Barbara Bach ... Jennifer Fast
Sydney Lassick ... Ernest Keller
Lelia Goldoni ... Virginia Keller
Karen Lamm ... Karen Fast
Douglas Barr ... Tony Ross (as Doug Barr)
Lois Young Lois Young ... Vicki Thompson
Maida Severn ... Solvang Lady
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Storyline

Freelance reporter Jennifer and her two friends, Karen and Vicki, accept an invitation for cheap room and board in a large farmhouse offered by a friendly, but shady, museum owner named Ernest Keller since all the motels in and around town are booked for a holiday parade fair Jennifer is covering. But unknown to the women, some unseen "thing" has been living in the basement of the house for over 20 years and is looked after by Keller and his shy sister Virginia, in which the "thing" soon gets out and begins harassing and killing the women one by one in various violent, but seemingly accidental, means. Written by matt-282

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Taglines:

In the Darkness It Lives. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Mistério do Invisível See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Triune Films (II) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia

The project originally began as a screenplay by Kim Henkel and Michael Viner. The final screenplay was so radically altered that both men were not credited. Henkel and Viner's screenplay was eventually adapted into the book "Deadly Encounter" by Richard Woodley in 1980. See more »

Goofs

When Jennifer dislodges the power box, it short circuits and begins arcing over several inches. However, regular household power is 110/220 volts (the 220 being two independent 110-volt feeds). Under normal conditions, it takes approximately 1000 volts to arc one inch. Therefore, the voltage on the power box would have to be around 3-4000 volts in order to arc that far. Household power does not have the voltage necessary to produce a 3 to 4-inch arc. See more »

Quotes

Ernest Keller: I wonder what junior's fate would be... I wonder... Seems obvious to me my dear they would not treat him so kindly. He would suffer greatly
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Sleaze-appeal
13 March 2001 | by janguSee all my reviews

This scared the hell out of me when i was a teenager. Now I find it more amusing than scary, but with some pretty unsettling moments and with a kind of sleazy quality to it that I like. And, come to think of it, the plot is rather disgusting actually...but handled with some kind of taste. If there is a problem with this movie, it is that there are HUGE gaps where nothing exciting or interesting happens. Also, the ending goes on forever, making a potentially tense climax seem silly after a while with Barbara Bach screaming and screaming. The "monster", after it is exposed, isn't very scary either unfortunately. The somewhat drab look of the movie also works against it, making it appear as a TV-movie more than something made for theaters. But it is an example of films that are rarely made nowadays so I urge horror fans to watch it and feel a bit nostalgic...


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