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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: 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: #53,581 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
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Unseen (Danny Steinmann, 1981)

I can just imagine the concept meeting for this bad boy.

Tony Unger: what's the single least terrifying town in America?
Danny Steinmann: [gives it a little thought] ...Solvang.
Tony Unger: you mean that little Dutch burg an hour or so up 101?
Danny Steinmann: yeah, that's the place.
Tony Unger: betcha fifty bucks you can't write a horror movie set in Solvang. You come up with it, I'll produce.
Danny Steinmann: you're on.

Tony Unger was, for fifteen years, a pretty solid producer; his movies didn't cause any earthquakes, but they made money (The Magic Christian, Force 10 from Navarone, et al.), and when you're a producer, that's success. Steinmann was a writer/director with one credit to his name, a Harry Reems vehicle from back in '73, and he wanted to break into the mainstream. The creepy-monster slasher flick was huge at the time, and it seemed like the way to do it. So why not take a backwoods-style horror flick (remember it was the end of the seventies, and Deliverance was still very much on everyone's collective mind) and stick it in the middle of America's least terrifying town? The result is The Unseen, and while the mainstream success Steinmann was looking for eluded him (he directed just two more films, the Linda Blair vehicle Savage Streets and the fifth movie in the Friday the 13th franchise, which would have been enough to kill anyone's career), and after a nasty bike accident, he retired. The Unseen has faded into obscurity in the thirty years since its release, but it's actually not a bad little slasher; the backwoods plays surprisingly well in Solvang, and casting the great Sydney Lassick as the ominous instrument that sets everything in motion was a stroke of genius.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 1980 horror film August 24, 2013
The lovable character actor Sydney Lassick turns in a great performance as a slightly off-kilter, perverted older man who offers a room in his and his wife's home for the beautiful actress Barbara Bach, who plays a TV reporter, and 2 of her co-workers/friends.

Unfortunately for the women, they're not alone when they think they are, as the basement also holds something dangerous, in addition to the prying eyes of Lassick. (hey, the audience even peaks through the keyhole with the pervert! what does that say?) Yes, friends, there's murder, violence, sleaze, likeable characters, questionable motivations, heroes and losers. Exploitation, horror, Barbara Bach. It's 1980 all over again.

Don't go into this expecting aliens and monsters, okay? (yes, some kids have a wild imagination)

If you haven't seen the film before, then don't watch the Katarina's Nightmare Theater segment, as it does contain spoilers.

The blu-ray itself contains a beautiful transfer of the film that is also 2 minutes longer than the prior DVD release.

Also be warned that 2 of the special features only accessible through the pop-up menu.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Family Secret... July 30, 2010
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Unseen

"The Unseen" is about three female news reporters traveling to Northern California to document a festival. Read more
Published 2 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 7 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 8 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 10 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 11 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 19 months ago by Z Hayes
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for two memorable performances
Three ladies choose to take Ernest (the late lamented Sydney Lassick), a seemingly altruistic man (who's anything but) up on his offer to stay at his house where he resides with... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kevin Okeefe
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