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The First Power (1990)


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This lackluster attempt at blending equal parts action movie and supernatural thriller ends up sacrificing the merits of both genres. The plot finds baby-faced homicide detective Logan (Lou Diamond Phillips) on the trail of "Pentagram Killer" Patrick Channing (Jeff Kober), negligibly assisted by lots of occult mumbo-jumbo espoused by various doomsaying members of the Catholic Church. Channing is eventually captured and executed, but this turns out to be a big mistake: one of the Satanic powers


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Aug 28, 2001

Orion Pictures Corporation

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When you get right down to it, make-up and masks aren't nearly as scary as a human countenance hiding a black heart.

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Cheesy horror flick, not worth your time

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

When it stops making no sense, it's really quite boring.

July 27, 2002

Audience Reviews for The First Power

Awesome action/horror/thriller casts LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS as a detective attempting to stop the evil spirit of a maniac executed in the gas chamber for a series of satanic murders. With the help of a nun & psychic, Phillips must find a way to end the horrible killing spree, save themselves & prove the maniac exists before he gets framed or worse killed by the psycho. Well acted & directed thriller is very fast paced & action packed from first frame till last, never stopping to take a breath & is much better than THE HORROR SHOW (A.K.A. HOUSE 3) SLEEPSTALKER & in someways beats out WES CRAVEN'S SHOCKER in a variety of ways. The film has many creepy images & a few shocking murders (usually we see the aftermath) & plenty of plot twists & turns. Highly recommended. Such a shame a sequel was never made. 4 1/2 stars 5-15-13
May 23, 2013
Bruce Bruce

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Lou Diamond Phillips plays Detective Russell Logan -- on the bloody trail of a demonic killer who can inhabit different forms and perform super-human feats. Detective Logan is aided by a Psychic (Tess Seaton), who helps him locate the evil force. It is an action-packed showdown against evil with some really cool chases and battles. Suspenseful and fun!
June 11, 2007

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Cool horror flick of a cop battling a dead serial killer sent back to Earth by the Devil. Psst: Tracy Griffith is Melanie Griffith's half-sister.
November 20, 2006
Dean McKenna

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A fast-paced supernatural 90s thriller, with a excellent creepy atmosphere, dark vibe and a well done plot. Lou Diamond Phillips superbly plays detective Russell Logan who thinks that he has seen the end of the monstrous serial killer Patrick Channing's reign of terror, when he watches his execution in the gas chamber for his heinous crimes. But Logan does not know that Channing has the power of resurrection given to him by the Devil. Logan is assisted by a psychic Tess nicely played by Tracy Griffith, in the search for the resurrected killer. The casting of character actor Jeff Kober as the killer Patrick Channing is inspired, he totally chilling as the demonic antagonist, creating a truly menacing, unnerving and eerie presence. Solid direction by Robert Resnikoff and excellent cinematography by Theo van de Sande, superb editing by Michael Bloecher, some outstanding action sequences which includes innumerable shoot-outs and car chases. Stewart Copeland delivers a excellent and effectively scary score. A thoroughly entertaining chiller. Highly Recommended.
November 20, 2010

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