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The Unseen


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  • Actors: Barbara Bach, Stephen Furst, Doug Barr, Sydney Lassick
  • Directors: Danny Steinmann
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Code Red
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019D3DJM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,482 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Unseen" on IMDb

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A television reporter (Barbara Bach) and her two friends head to Solvang, California to cover a Danish festival. When there is a mix-up at the hotel and they are left without hotel rooms, the girls accept the invitation of a friendly museum owner to board at his large farmhouse because the rest of the motels in and around town are sold out. But unknown to the women, something is living in the basement of the house. Their stay soon becomes a horrific nightmare when, one by one, they encounter the 'unseen'.

Starring: Barbara Bach (THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, CAVEMAN), Stephen Furst (NATIONAL LAMPOON S ANIMAL HOUSE, MIDNIGHT MADNESS), Doug Barr (FALL GUY, DEADLY BLESSINGS), Sydney Lassick (ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, CARRIE)

Directed by Danny Steinmann (SAVAGE STREETS, FRIDAY THE 13TH NEW BEGINNING)

Customer Reviews

This movie is pretty cool and has some really good acting.
Charlie B. Counselman
He tells them the hotel is now a museum but after watching the distress on their faces, offers to put them up at his own home.
Z Hayes
While I've definitely seen worse, this one didn't do much for me(though I probably liked it more than Puzzle Box did).
Stanley Runk

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Sipos VINE VOICE on August 8, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Unseen is another of my personal favorites, outstanding on every level. Yes, the story is basic Horror Film 101. Three TV newsgals drive to Solvang, California to do a puff piece on a folk festival. All the local hotels are booked so, while searching for a hotel outside of town, they stumble upon one run by Ernest Keller (Sydney Lassick).

Turns out the hotel is a museum. No matter. Ernest invites the newsgals to stay at his house, with him and his wife, Virginia (Lelia Goldoni). Unbeknownst to the newsgals, husband and wife are also brother and sister. And lurking in the basement, crawling through the air ducts, is the spawn of their unholy union ... unseen!

Well, you'll see him eventually. But before you do, the body count mounts! (You know how those mutant spawn-of-incest retards get when they see nekkid women passing by their air ducts.) Actually, the body count doesn't mount by all that much. There are only three newsgals, after all. But there's enough in The Unseen to make up for the low score.

Yes, The Unseen's premise and story are easy to mock. They sound so formulaic. Yet the film's execution raises it to a masterpiece of the formula.

Barbara Bach (still the best Bond girl -- The Spy Who Love Me) is the lead newsgal, Jennifer Fast. Granted, Bach's acting range is limited, but she is stunning to behold. And she improves in the final half hour, when all that's required is to scream and cower. Bach can deliver if a script is within her range; she was dead-on as the smart, stoic Soviet spy in the Bond film.

Fortunately for Bach, she spends the first hour surrounded by poor performers, so she looks fine by comparison.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 30, 2010
Format: DVD
THE UNSEEN has a lot going for it. Sydney Lassick (ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, CARRIE) is perfectly maniacal as the main baddie. Barbara Bach does a serviceable job in her TV news reporter role. The story, while simple, is nonetheless adequate, and the suspense builds nicely. Obviously, the mystery of who (what?) THE UNSEEN is makes up most of this tale. Many have spilled the beans already, so I'll just add that Stephen Furst (ANIMAL HOUSE) is quite good as the title character. What this movie lacks in bloody mayhem, it more than makes up for in the insanity department! The motivations of the "family" are very dark indeed. This ain't THE WALTONS or THE CLEAVERS! Check out this wacky, 80s head-cheeeze today...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dayna Newman on March 13, 2011
Format: DVD
The Unseen is an interesting movie,I wouldn't really call it a slasher because there wasn't that much blood and virtually no gore.
It's more of a thriller/Horror.

Sydney Lassick plays a creepy old perverted man as he does so well,he and his very nervous subservient sister are hiding something in the basement and the three women that stop at their Inn for the night are about to find out just what it is they're hiding.

Stephen Furst who's biggest role was in Animal House plays "The Unseen" which is really the deformed son and product of the incestuous relationship between brother and sister.Out of shame they have hidden him in the basement.He is a full grown man but acts like a baby and crawls around in dirty under wear,the problem is he loves to play with the ladies but he gets very upset when they scream,problem being it's hard not to scream when they see a deformed man crawling around with a teddy bear in dirty underwear drooling so when he tries to keep them from screaming or plays too rough with them he ends up killing the poor things.

The beautiful Barbara Bach of Bond Girl fame plays the heroine,she and her two girlfriends are staying at the Inn and when the others start to disappear she gets nosy and when she goes missing her boyfriend Handsome "Doug Barr" who was Lee Majors sidekick on The fall Guy pulls out all the stops to try and find her.Will he find her in time?

You will have to watch and see.
I've seen this movie about six times,it's somewhat of a novelty and I see it as a cult classic.
There are some very good scenes and some freaky moments as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Runk VINE VOICE on April 21, 2009
Format: DVD
Sorry, Puzzle Box, I watched it!

I did watch the film, The Unseen, and the character referred to as "The Unseen" is indeed seen near the end of the film, so the title is kind of pointless if you know what I mean. This early 80s horror flick has three chicks shacking up at Sydney Lassick's place when they find themselves stranded in a small town. Lassick and his wife have a homicidal mutant man-child living with them that takes a liking to the ladies. While I've definitely seen worse, this one didn't do much for me(though I probably liked it more than Puzzle Box did). I think what I enjoyed most about it was Lassick, who's always a hit if you want someone a bit oddball and creepy. He definitely has a few "I want MY cigarettes!!!" moments here. Otherwise the film is rather goreless and bland, nor is it creepy or atmospheric enough to qualify as psychological horror either. And it's brought to you by director Danny Steinman, who is responsible for the underrated and often trashed Friday the 13th Part 5, the fun and trashy revenge flick, Savage Streets, and my personal fave, the 70s porno flick , High Rise! The Unseen may be of interest to folks who love 80s horror and are trying to see everything they can.
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