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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:

Danny Steinmann (screenplay) (as Peter Foleg), Danny Steinmann (story) (as Peter Foleg) | 2 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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If you've never been frightened by a movie before, you've never encountered the terror of THE UNSEEN! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Mistério do Invisível See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Triune Films (II) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia

Carl Weathers was originally considered for the role of Tony Ross. 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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Ringo's wife meets Flounder
11 February 2008 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Since "The Unseen" is your basic B movie, the only reason to see it is that it stars Barbara Bach (Ringo Starr's wife), Stephen Furst (Flounder in "Animal House") and Sydney Lassick (Cheswith in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and also the principal in "Carrie"). No, seriously. That's the only reason to check it out: The Beatles, John Belushi and Stephen King are linked by a story of three women staying in a house inhabited by a carnivorous inbred! If only the founders of Solvang had predicted this! Sorry if I haven't done the greatest job describing the movie. It's just that a cast like this easily eclipses the movie, in my view. Granted, there are a few of the requirements for horror flicks, namely the bathtub scene. Otherwise, nothing significant here.

PS: Barbara Bach had previously starred in a similar movie with a similarly jaw-dropping cast. That movie was the Italian horror flick "L'isola delli uomini pesce" (called "Screamers" in the US), in which she co-starred with Mel Ferrer, aka Audrey Hepburn's ex. Yes, it's true. Ringo Starr's soon-to-be wife and Audrey Hepburn's ex co-starred in a movie about half-human, half-fish creatures.


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