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Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Unseen (1980)

Oh. My. Goodness. I really enjoyed this movie. If I didn't know any better, I would swear it was made in the early 70's because it has that slightly trashy, exploitive quality to it. And there's enough screaming and overall angst in the closing 20 minutes to rival any Italian horror film I've watched. Bravo!

The Unseen is the story of three female television reporters who end up staying in a house where something sinister is lurking in the basement. Granted, you figure out what's in the basement long before the reporters do, but that's half the fun.

Director Danny Steinmann only has four movie credits to his name which is surprising. He sets up the scenes very well and gets the maximum amount of suspense out of the story. His first film, High Rise, which he wrote and directed under the alias Danny Stone, was a hardcore porn feature. He definite carries that sensibility into The Unseen.

The biggest reason why this film works is the remarkable performance of Sydney Lassick [Carrie, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest] who plays Ernest Keller, the owner of the house where the women are staying. He is able to cover a wide range of emotions from child-like innocence to bat-shit crazy. It's a delightful performance to watch and I cannot say enough good things about his work in this film.

The "star" of The Unseen is Barbara Bach, a doe-eyed model/actress who once graced the cover of Playboy magazine. She is best known for her role in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Unfortunately, they don't give her much to do in this film except crawl across the floor screaming, crawl through the mud screaming, etc. Jeez, she only twisted her ankle. Why was she so helpless in the climatic scenes of this film? I hate disempowered women in movies and wish they had made a few stronger choices for her character.

I'm not going to give away the ending because watching The Unseen unfold is half the fun. This movie is so much better than its rating on IMDB. You can watch it on YouTube so definitely give it a try, especially if you like your murder movies a little on the trashy side!

RATING: Very Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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