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January 20, 2017
There is just so much to love about The Unnamable. This is a true Lovecraft adaptation, and in the vein of The Re-animator has great dark humour. The creature (Alyda) is fantastically realized. And of course we can't forget the best character of them all...the wonderfully over-the-top Randolph Carter.

While this movie appears to be a typical creature slasher, it is so much more. There is a lot of Lovecraftian lore here, and it is done quite sincerely.

Definitely to be seen.
Super Reviewer
October 20, 2014
[Zero Stars] H.P. Lovecraft would twirl in his grave if he viewed the intolerably execrable 'The Unnamable'. This is obviously a Full Moon-like low-budget affair and the architectural design and lighting scheme are terribly chintzy (green, blue and hearth-effect gels are inexplicably strewn throughout the set). The characters are foolhardy ignoramuses who unlock suspicious doors and split off in separate directions. A soft-core sex scene is shoehorned in for prurient tastes. All of the college students are played by 40-year-old actors. The histrionics are atrocious but the main barnacle is Carter (Mark Kinsey Stephenson) since he is so misogynistic ("Just like a woman to faint") and self-absorbed that he is engrossed in reading ancient tomes while his friends are being slaughtered on the other floors. There could be a drinking game for how often the characters recite each others' names. The finale is sophomoric insofar as tree branches are rustled in front of the camera as they wrest the succubus out the window. The score is an incessant, bargain-basement mixing of a Casio keyboard with a flute. Other than the centaur UGG boots, the creature design is a grade above meritorious. Overall, the stillborn 'Unnamable' is one of the worst genre offerings I've had the displeasure of seeing this season.
½ September 28, 2014
Very goo film pretty much gore and an amazing monster.
½ September 26, 2014
another one that falls into the category of not bad but not good. there really isn't much to say about it. most of the characters are pretty lifeless and dull, and you could care less what happens to them. howard and randolph carter are mildly interesting though, and somewhat worth watching.
overall, don't seek it out, but if u run across it on tv one boring night, give it a shot.
August 22, 2014
Boobs and violence abound.
½ July 7, 2014
a couple cool parts but can't imagine the original lovecraft story was this dull...
December 19, 2013
The Unnamable is one of those movies that you'll have a hard time slogging through. It's a pretty boring movie, just because of the main characters and the lack of hardly anything going on. The monster itself is pretty decent, however I wouldn't describe it as "unnameable." But then again, you have to take a title like that with a grain of salt because you know it's not going to be THAT indescribable. The characters in the movie are down-right dull, and they spew a lot of scientific jargon for a lot of the running time. Throw a lot of cliches in there and you've got yourself a boring movie, one that I can't say I'd recommend to anybody.
August 15, 2013
A fun and effective blend of 80s gore, haunted house movies, and classic Horror literature--Better If You Enjoy Lovecraft Stories!!
½ November 17, 2012
Very happy to have FEARnet as part of my cable package, but sometimes they really scrape the bottom of the VHS barrel for the shit they show. (This movie being one of those finds.)
June 24, 2012
I think Mark Kinsey Stephenson's Ralph Carter was/is the basis for Community's Abed. Other than that, this is a fine HP Lovecraft from the 80s. I remember renting it and being impressed. BUT watching it again, I mean, its a small house, yet somehow they seem to get horribly lost in it. The Creature is very busty though I think the cloven hoof goat legs are a lot sexier. The humor falls flat and there is a weird skeleton hand at the end that just does not make any sense.
½ September 25, 2011
Awful. "The Unnamable" has about as much to do with Lovecraft's original as the works of Stephen King have to do with the films of Nora Ephron. Where Lovecraft relies on creepy evocations of dread and explorations of the frailty of human sanity in the face of cosmic evil, Jean-Paul Oulette's adaptation of this short story centers more on gore, stupid haunted house conventions and a succumbing to the demands of the slasher film.

Sure, Oulette includes plenty of references to Lovecraft: the heroes attend Miskatonic University in the hamlet of Arkham, one character is named Randolph Carter (Mark Kinsey Stephenson), the Necronomicon features prominently in the third act (which mentions of Abdul Alhazred and certain lines of text from the fictional tome, naturally), but the similarities more or less end there.

Carter tells school chums Joel (Mark Parra) and Howard (Charles King) about a demon residing in a creepy house not far from Miskatonic. The scientifically minded Joel doesn't believe the story and investigates the house himself. He is soon torn asunder by the demon (Katrin Alexandre), the daughter of local man Joshua Winthrop (Delbert Spain), who attempted to confine his cursed child but ultimately failed.

The house is later visited by two freshman girls desperate to fit in and make it to the top and two lunkhead fratboys hoping to get the ladies in the sack. Carter and Howard later turn up looking for their lost friend and get suckered in by the demon as well.

If you've ever seen a horror movie set in a haunted house, you know what happens. Just throw in some misappropriated material from the 20th century's greatest practitioner of the horror story, and you'll have an idea what "Unnamable" is.
½ September 17, 2011
Very loosely adapted from Lovecraft's Randolph Carter stories, The Unnamable is an enjoyable horror film that ultimately never manages to reach the heights of Lovecraft's philosophically provocative stories. A fun but ultimately crappy 80s horror film, The Unnamable features nothing distinctly Lovecraftian about it; instead, it is merely laughably bad monster film from the 80s that features Lovecraftian characters and Miskatonic University.
Super Reviewer
September 15, 2011
A descent horror flick. The Unnamable was...fake..and stupid. Although it was kind of funny, and somewhat enjoyable towards the end. Very slow-paced, though.
July 16, 2011
This was a fairly good horror movie about some students that decide to stay in a mansion so they can try and find a vault that supposedly hides the monster called Unnameable.
The students start getting killed off in bloody fashion by the monster.
Lots of blood, violence, some nudity and at times cheesy humour.
½ May 1, 2011
This is a film adaption of the short story "The Unnamable" by H.P. Lovecraft. College students spend the night in a old haunted house, unbeknownst to them, a 300 year old demon creature lives there.

This one takes a long time to get started but once it does it is not that bad. The old atmospheric, creepy house where most of the film takes place works well for the film, along with a couple satisfying gory death scenes. The best thing this one has going for it is the scary creature design, its pretty convincing.
½ March 23, 2011
I rented and watched this as a kid and remembered very little from it other than the monster! Definitely a fun afternoon movie! I have the sequel on VHS and I will have to watch it very soon!
March 10, 2011
Inexpensively-made, but highly-effective & very loosely-based Lovecraft adaptation, big on creepy tone & atmosphere, less so on characterization & plotline. The remarkable thing (And certainly the most memorable--) about this film is the shreeeeking, naked Albino goat-demoness (Played by the statuesque Katrin Alexandre-) that prowls a sprawling and decrepit mansion, wantonly slaughtering the generally unlikable college riff-raff that decided to party there. The creature is a surprisingly sympathetic character, as well as being a technically- marvelous creation---you'll really believe this is a real entity--another good choice for any Halloween Party movie marathon--
½ February 3, 2011
Pretty boring until people start dying.... H.P. Lovecraft is pretty entertaining all the time though.
Super Reviewer
½ October 19, 2009
Essentially this film is an average slasher-style horror dressed up in cosmic-horror clothing. The creature is done very well, but my own personal highlight is the over-dramatic Carter, whose behaviour and lines are perhaps the most Lovecraftian things in the whole film.
October 14, 2009
Great tale and one of the best creature designs I've ever seen. it has such a great effect on me even though I watched this as a kid eons ago and cant remember the title at all, but I do rremember that the creature lives in the attic, is abandoned and has hoofs for legs and is a human+goat crossbreed. A must-watch for all horror fans. way above those current horror films.
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