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The Unseen 1981 (remastered) (2013)

Barbara Bach , Stephen Furst , Danny Steinmann  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barbara Bach, Stephen Furst, Lelia Goldoni, Sidney Lassick, Doug Barr
  • Directors: Danny Steinmann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Scorpion Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: August 20, 2013
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DELKA66
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,672 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A TV reporter (Barbara Bach) and two friends head to Solvang, California, to cover a Danish festival. When a mix-up at the hotel leaves them stranded without hotel rooms, the girls accept the invitation of a friendly museum owner to board at his farmhouse.

But what the women don't know is that something is living in the basement of that farmhouse. Something unspeakable. And their stay soon becomes a horrific nightmare when they encounter the "unseen". From an original story by make up legends Stan Winston (PUMPKINHEAD) & Tom Burman, written by Kim Henkel of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE fame and directed by Danny Steinmann of SAVAGE STREETS. now witness the horror from a brand new HD master from the original negatives which is two minutes longer than the previous release!

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this horror masterpiece works on many levels 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Family Secret... 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Creepy 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
2.0 out of 5 stars I Have Seen The Unseen! 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What's in the cellar?
The Unseen, is a perfect example of a good movie. It's more of a drama than straight up horror, & although it contains a little exploitation DNA, it's hard to decide what... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dan the monster movie fan
4.0 out of 5 stars The Unseen
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"The Unseen" is about three female news reporters traveling to Northern California to document a festival. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bartok Kinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Phanatastic Movie
A great movie i am glad i have bought it, Barbara Bach acts very well and the whole story is very exciting. The DVD is in a very good condition. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Leon
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing film... Quasimodo lives!
Freelance reporter Jennifer Fast and friends travel to beautiful Solvang {a Danish total environment city} to cover an annual parade, but cannot unfortunately find any room and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Draconis Blackthorne
5.0 out of 5 stars An unsung classic
One of the best unsung horror films of the early 80's that deals with incest and a big baby in the basement. I'm not going to tell you who plays the baby.
Published 7 months ago by Fred Adelman
5.0 out of 5 stars this horror masterpiece works on many levels
The Unseen is another of my personal favorites, outstanding on every level. Yes, the story is basic Horror Film 101. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Thomas M. Sipos
5.0 out of 5 stars Grindhouse Previews
One of the best non-Martial Arts movies ever to be released and distibuted by World Northal Pictures back in 1981.
Published 11 months ago by Errol Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars will not play in US based dvd players
Excellent movie. This Eyecatcher disc will only play in region free dvd players or region 2 (non US dvd players)
Published 13 months ago by Ken Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars OLD TIME FAVORITE
Me and my best friend in school use to watch this movie over and over again! We'd act out the creature in the basement. LOL
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical 80s horror elevated by some strong performances
I was a teen during the 80s and remember watching tons of horror films during that time which also converted me into a lifelong fan of the genre. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Z Hayes
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