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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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Taglines:

Seduction. Submission. Murder. Tonight . . . evil goes over the edge. 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Trevor Howard's last film. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Threshold
Music by Roger Bellon
© 1987 Vestron
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Creepy good vs. evil horror with some great special effects
5 March 2007 | by epeteetSee all my reviews

I love 80's horror movies but they usually don't scare me; i mostly watch them for gore/special effects/monsters/nudity, etc. you don't find in the watered down PG-13 crap that passes for horror today. I gotta admit this movie actually creeped me out pretty good. THE UNHOLY involves an evil demon that takes the form of a major babe in order to seduce priests so it can claim the innocent for Satan or something like that. It reminded me a lot of the Italian horror movie THE CHURCH which i also enjoyed. Both take place mostly in big Catholic churches and are filled with satanic hallucinations.

I won't give it away but the opening scene is simply awesome. The movie slows down in the middle but remains stylish with music that almost gives it a similar feeling to the THE LOST BOYS. It also has lots of cool blue and red lighting which makes it look very 80's. (I mean that in a good way, not that the film looks too dated or anything.) It picks back up towards the end and was actually starting to get scary until a couple of cool but funny looking demons show up. There is some sweet gore scenes, cool slimy monster effects, and even some nudity. The pace coulda been a lil faster but the awesome finale makes it well worth it. If you like this i would also recommend THE CHURCH and vise versa.


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