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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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Robert Resnikoff

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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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Trivia

One of several horror thrillers from the era about demonic serial killers including The Unholy (1988), Shocker (1989), The Horror Show (1989), Out of the Body (1989), Night Visitor (1989), The Exorcist III (1990), 976-Evil II (1991), Split Second (1992) and Shadowhunter (1993). Another movie with a very similar premise that came out a few years later is Hongkongese action horror film Satan Returns (1996). See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt double when Patrick Channing breaks through gas chamber glass. See more »

Quotes

Tess Seaton: Patrick you can't keep on killing forever!
Patrick Channing: Wanna Bet!
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Connections

References The Geraldo Rivera Show (1987) See more »

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La Revolcada
Performed by Mariachi Uclatlan (as Mariachi Uclatlán)
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A bit dated now but great stuff!
15 June 2009 | by le_wubsterSee all my reviews

I've got to be honest here: I first saw this movie in my teens and loved it, so I might be a bit biased here, ignoring it's flaws. Just saw it again, over 10 years later, and I gotta say, while it didn't have the 'wow' effect it gave me before, It still holds up as a decent movie. This movie is fast paced and just crammed with awesome ideas that sometimes work, and sometimes could have been used more effectively.

What do we have?

  • An insane serial killer - This guy just oozes evil, amazing bad guy.


  • A very cute psychic - man did I have a crush on her!


  • Plenty of mysterious happenings and scares (though not very scary for seasoned moviegoers)


  • Cool action sequences. That ceiling fan scene is so awesome.


  • Satanic superpowers. How is that not super cool?


  • The pacing is great, with lots of interesting scenes.


  • Nice touches of humor now and then.


So What could be better?

  • The ending is a bit unsatisfying.


  • Things could be bigger and more epic.


  • While decent, Lou Diamond Philips could be replaced with many other actors, and there are more charismatic ones out there.


  • Seeing it again, it wasn't that scary, but I remember that it was the first time. Could be scarier though, I guess.


  • If you analyze things too much, there are lots of small plot holes.


This movie is like an older, more low budget version of 'End of Days' with Arnold Schwarzenegger (which I liked as well). If what I told you sounds interesting, this movie is a great way to spice up a boring Sunday evening!


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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,677,715, 8 April 1990

Gross USA:

$22,424,195

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,424,195
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Dolby

Color:

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1.85 : 1
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