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The Unholy (1988)

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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

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

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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 Svengoolie: The Unholy (2001) See more »

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Threshold
Music by Roger Bellon
© 1987 Vestron
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overlooked flick worth watching
30 January 2012 | by trashgangSee all my reviews

Running through some old horror magazines I came across this title. I was rather surprised by the big names in it and the fact that it isn't a popular flick. So it has to deal with some problems.

We're running late in the eighties and by then horror wasn't that popular anymore. The slashers were passé and every item they could use to make a horror they used. Here are some names that should attract a lot of attention. Ned Beatty was in it, one we knew from so many flicks but to name one classic, Deliverance (1072), also on the list was Hal Holbrook (Magnum Force 1972 or The Fog 1980). Trevor Howard in one of his last flicks, he died in 1988, we knew him from Ghandi (1982). So really good thespians but were they failed was the fact that they aren't shown that much. On the other hand the movie do deliver at some points but also has some weak parts. There are some parts were there is a bit too much of nothing going on but the mast ten minutes are worth watching. And the first part is also worth mentioning because it is sometimes a bit gory.

The demon is played by Nicole Fortier who only appeared in two flicks, Scared Stiff (1987) and this one. She was running in her nudies all through this flick and even has some full frontal nudity. It's weird that she vanished from the screen after this flick, she really had a good looking face.

But don't forget to watch the effects and that's what make sit also worth watching. No CGI, this is the real stuff. There are indeed some gory parts with someone hanging upside down on a cross and having his intestines hanging out. Once the priest is having his confrontation with the demon it's also worth watching but the monster itself looks a bit ridiculous for that time.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed it a lot, okay here and there a small yawn but overall worth watching.

Gore 2/5 Nudity 2/5 Effects 4/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5


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