Halloween Disc-A-Day 2017: Day 30 – The Unholy

Continuing from last year, this project is an attempt to help me get dvds that for one reason or another I’ve never seen off of my shelf and give them a watch.  Today from my new batch of used dvds, I’ve got The Unholy.

IMDb: The Unholy (22 April 1988)
A priest battles a demon that kills sinners in the act of sinning.

Today’s lesson is watch out for hot devils.  There really isn’t that much more too this one.  It has the trope of the priest that doesn’t believe in the devil that gained popularity after the satanic panic of the early ’80s.  I’ve never been a fan of it.  That strains credibility after the first time they see something though.  A priest should be completely ready to drop that and dive into full mysticism at the first tangible evidence.  It goes with the territory.  The acting is good enough and has some familiar character actors like Hal Holbrook, Ned Beatty, and oddly enough Ben Cross who was in Wicked Little Things that I watched a few days ago.  There are a good amount of practical effects in the movie.  They vary widely in quality though.  The climax has a descent looking demon head puppet or animatronic, but the full suit version is rough.  Standing still it’s fine, but the movement of it is poor.  All together the movie isn’t bad.  I’m a fan of this package the movie came in.  In addition to the two movies that I wrote about here, it has Waxwork, 976-EVIL 2, Ghoulies III, C.H.U.D. II, Chopping Mall, and Class of 1999.  The only one of these I don’t like is C.H.U.D. II.  It’s a piece of shit, but the rest fully justify picking it up if you see a copy.

The month is almost over.  Come back one last time.  I’ve got big plans for the last of these.  In the meantime, listen to Motion Picture Meltdown’s episode on Creepshow for some more Hal Holbrook, the Superman episode for more Ned Beatty, or the one where we talk about End of Days to hear us discuss another showdown between the chosen one and the devil.

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