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The Unholy (1988)

R | | Horror | 22 April 1988 (USA)
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A priest battles a demon that kills sinners in the act of sinning.

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Camilo Vila
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruben Rabasa ... Father Dennis
Nicole Fortier ... Demon
Peter Frechette ... Claude
Phil Becker Phil Becker ... Doctor
Ned Beatty ... Lt. Stern
Susan Bearden Susan Bearden ... Hotel manager
Xavier Barquet Xavier Barquet ... Bell Boy
Lari White ... Housekeeper
Jeff D'Onofrio Jeff D'Onofrio ... Paramedic
Ben Cross ... Father Michael
Hal Holbrook ... Archbishop Mosely
Trevor Howard ... Father Silva
Martha Hester Martha Hester ... Young nun
John Boyland John Boyland ... Dr. Valerio
Claudia Robinson Claudia Robinson ... Teresa
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Storyline

In New Orleans, a series of horrific murders of priests are occurring around the city's Catholic churches. The diocese calls in Father Michael (Cross) to fight the powerful demon, known as Daesidarius, or The Unholy. The Father's faith is tested almost to the breaking point as the demon - disguised as a stunningly beautiful lady - attempts to seduce Father Michael into breaking his vows. Father Michael soon learns how the Unholy works - by murdering the sinner in the act of sinning, then sending that person's soul to Hell. Will this one priest's inner strength be enough to stop this monster - or will he join the ranks of the other ill-fated priests? Written by medic249a2

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You Haven't Got A Prayer. See more »

Genres:

Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az átkozott See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,353,452, 24 April 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,337,299
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Camilo Vila proclaimed that this was not a horror film during its initial release despite the fact that the film was about literal demons from hell. See more »

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Featured in Demons in the Flesh: The Monsters of 'The Unholy' (2017) See more »

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Threshold
Music by Roger Bellon
© 1987 Vestron
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Pretty weak horror film with a great cast.
31 July 2007 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

Ben Cross plays Father Michael,a Catholic priest who ends up at an abandoned New Orleans church where two previous priests have been ghoulishly murdered on their own altar.Pretty soon he's dealing with an inquiring detective,a reticent archbishop,a pseudo-Satanist named Luke,a virgin and a blind priest who keeps trying to warn him that the Devil is more than an idea.There is also red-headed demon played by Nicole Fortier who provides some lovely full-frontal nudity."The Unholy" is a pretty weak horror film with some familiar cast and tons of clichés.There is some gore including blood vomiting,but nothing really shocking or impressive.I really wanted to like this film,but I couldn't.5 out of 10.


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