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A dedicated L.A. police detective and a female psychic must stop a demonic serial killer who was given the powers of resurrection, teleportation and possession.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lou Diamond Phillips ... Russell Logan
Tracy Griffith ... Tess Seaton
Jeff Kober ... Patrick Channing
Mykelti Williamson ... Detective Oliver Franklin (as Mykel T. Williamson)
Elizabeth Arlen ... Sister Marguerite
Dennis Lipscomb ... Commander Perkins
Carmen Argenziano ... Lieutenant Grimes
Julianna McCarthy Julianna McCarthy ... Grandmother
Nada Despotovich Nada Despotovich ... Bag Lady
Sue Giosa ... Carmen
Clayton Landey ... Mazza
Hansford Rowe ... Father Brian
Philip Abbott ... Cardinal
David Gale ... Monsignor
J. Patrick McNamara ... Priest
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Storyline

A killer is given the gas chamber after committing several demonic murders. His spirit is released and given power by the Devil. Now the cop that caught him before must find a way to do it again. Written by Glenn J. Schworak <glenn@g-world.com>

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Satan has created the perfect killer. One who cannot be stopped. Be warned.

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Crime | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pentagram See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$22,424,195
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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[last lines]
Patrick Channing: See you around, buddy-boy.
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All Alone Again
Words and Music by Laura Perlman (as Laura J. Perlman) and Jeff Levi
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Eerie vibe of early 90's Horror. I dug it.
31 August 2005 | by insomniac_rodSee all my reviews

Regular Horror/Thriller that has some decent scenes for the Horror fans. First, it deals with the devil and possession after death. Lou Diamond Phillips is a man tormented by his past and his belief in God is in predicament. He thinks his father didn't deserve to die. In fact, that event causes a series of situations like his mother turning crazy. Could he find the serial killer he is after to? Could he solve the mystery of the First Power?

Watch it and find it. Not a good Horror flick but sure it's entertaining. My only beef is that it doesn't have a creepy atmosphere or a dark setting; the plot asks for it! Also, there's a point where it's necessary to have some Horror related scenes but the movie focuses more on drama and thriller.

Lou Diamond Philips' performance is the best thing about the movie. Mrs. Griffith also delivers a nice performance and helps a lot that she's very beautiful and charming.

Delivers some chilling scenes but relies on the dramatic side more. Be warned you could be bored if you are looking for a straight Horror movie. Still it has a creepy vibe and very well done plot.

Give it a chance.


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