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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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Seduction. Submission. Murder. Tonight . . . evil goes over the edge. See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Philip Yordan originally wrote this script in the 70s after the box office successes of films like The Exorcist (1973) and The Omen (1976). Director Vila found the script years later in Yordan's office while they were working on something else, liked it and asked if he could use it. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Stern: Someone around here just hates priests... Maybe it's the way they make coffee.
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Connections

Featured in Sins of the Father with Ben Cross (2017) See more »

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Threshold
Music by Roger Bellon
© 1987 Vestron
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* *1/2 out of 4.
8 June 2002 | by brandonsites1981See all my reviews

A demon preys on priests caught in the act of sinning. This horror film has one of the best cast ever put together in a horror film, scary special effects, a well plotted and interesting script, and solid direction. However, even though the film seems to have all the right ingredients for success, it simply never gels together. Nicole Fortier is absolutely flawless as the demon. Rated R; Nudity, Graphic Violence, and Profanity.

*This film has one of the best trailers ever in cinema history.


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,353,452, 24 April 1988

Gross USA:

$6,337,299

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,337,299
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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