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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Father Dennis
Nicole Fortier ...
Demon
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Claude
Phil Becker ...
Doctor
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Lt. Stern
Susan Bearden ...
Hotel manager
Xavier Barquet ...
Bell Boy
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Housekeeper
Jeff D'Onofrio ...
Paramedic
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Father Michael
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Archbishop Mosely
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Father Silva
Martha Hester ...
Young nun
John Boyland ...
Dr. Valerio
Claudia Robinson ...
Teresa
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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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22 April 1988 (USA)  »

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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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Special Effects man Bob Keen had to go back and shoot more scenes after initial test screenings of the film found it too light. See more »

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Featured in Svengoolie: The Unholy (2001) See more »

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Threshold
Music by Roger Bellon
© 1987 Vestron
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Not Bad But Could Have Been Better
5 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Here is a movie I used to like a lot when I was a kid back in the later part of the eighties. I finally just found a copy of this film (unfortuanitly on VHS) and figured I would give it a try. This is a decent film with a solid cast. The story is this, basically there is a creature called the Unholy and it is going around and slaughtering priests. Ben Cross plays one of these priests and is thrown out of a skyscraper like 7 stories up. He miraculously survives without even a mark on his body so the Archbishop believes him to be the chosen one to do battle with the Unholy. The main problems with this movie is that it moves way to slow and the dialog is not very good. There is a decent bit of gore in the film but its only at the beginning and at the end of the movie. So for the most part you have to struggle with good actors working with a terrible script. The special effects also could have been better but are not horrible like most people make them out to be. At the end they should have used stop motion animation to be more effective. But all together this is not a horrible movie it just could have been put together much better. 7 stars


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