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The Unnamable (1988)

High school students check out a haunted house where in the 1800's an ugly monster called "the Unnamable" was trapped in a vault.

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H.P. Lovecraft (short story) (as Howard Phillips Lovecraft), Jean-Paul Ouellette (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Klausmeyer Charles Klausmeyer ... Howard Damon (as Charles King)
Mark Kinsey Stephenson Mark Kinsey Stephenson ... Randolph Carter
Alexandra Durrell Alexandra Durrell ... Tanya Heller
Laura Albert ... Wendy Barnes
Eben Ham ... Bruce Weeks
Blane Wheatley Blane Wheatley ... John Babcock
Mark Parra ... Joel Manton
Delbert Spain Delbert Spain ... Joshua Winthrop
Colin Cox Colin Cox ... Mr. Craft
Paul Farmer Paul Farmer ... Mortician
Paul Pajor Paul Pajor ... Gravedigger 1
Marcel Lussier Marcel Lussier ... Gravedigger 2
Lisa Wilson Lisa Wilson ... Student 1
Nancy Kreisel Nancy Kreisel ... Student 2
Katrin Alexandre Katrin Alexandre ... Alyda (the Creature) Winthrop
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Storyline

Back in the 1800's a lady gives birth to a monster. They decide that the baby is too ugly to name, therefore the monster is known as the "Unnamable". The creature brutally slaughters his family, and gets trapped in a vault. Go ahead to 1998, and some college students have heard the story about the unnamable and want to check out the vault... Written by <chopp@gte.net>

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Taglines:

There are things on God's Earth that we can't explain and we can't describe. From the depths of Hell comes... [The Unnamable]

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1988 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

H.P. Lovecraft's The Unnamable See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Laura Albert had a high fever on the day the scene in the library was shot. See more »

Quotes

Howard: Randolph! They're all dead!
Randolph: [closing the Necronomicon] That's to be expected.
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Alternate Versions

The 1988 UK video was cut by 21 secs and a further 16 secs was removed from the 1992 release with both videos being cut to edit gore from a heart being torn out and a man's head being repeatedly slammed against a floor. The 2004 Anchor Bay DVD is fully uncut. See more »

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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

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Written and Performed by Mark Ryder and Phil Davies
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Lovecraft... Or Something Like It
27 October 2012 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Back in the 1800s a lady gives birth to a monster. They decide that the baby is too ugly to name, therefore the monster is known as the "Unnamable"...

While this film may only be casually connected to the Lovecraft story whose name it has, that really should not be held against it. Heck, many Lovecraft adaptations are quite loose and the 1930s film "The Black Cat" claims to be based on Poe, when it has no connection whatsoever.

On its merits alone, this is a pretty entertaining and fun film, with a strange narration from one character who talks like a fictional pilgrim, a woman who claims to have an accent but is obviously just deaf, and a monster that is something between a goat and a woman, with demon characteristics mixed in.

All in all, not a bad one... they might have shown the "unnamable" just a bit too much, giving it less mystery than it probably required. I have not yet seen the sequel, but now I am curious to see where it goes...


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