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Actually, the director's commentary on this DVD is better than the movie itself. In addition to providing some behind-the-scenes insights into how a bunch of buddies get together to make an Indie film like this, he talks about how he went about casting "Unholy." He says he was sure from the start that he wanted Adrienne Barbeau in the film because he'd remembered her as the all-night DJ in "The Fog," where she'd won him over with her "sexiest voice ever."
Barbeau's presence in "Unholy" is in fact the film's only redeeming virtue. It's good to see her on screen again, but it's unfortunate it had to be in a mishmash like this. So whether you are looking for sex appeal, or for a movie with at least some suspense and semblance of plot - it would in fact be better to go back to the source and check out "The Fog." Watching this movie will just leave you in one.
Barbeau is Martha who returns home with flowers for her teenage daughter, Hope. But Hope has locked herself in the outdoor storm cellar with a gun to her head, babbling incoherently about some experiment...just before she pulls the trigger. Brendon plays older brother Lucas in a role not unlike `Xander in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He's slightly timid and tries to make up for it with humor. Martha wants to know why her daughter would take her own life and what this experiment is that she referred to before she took her own life. They find a hidden room in the basement with a painting of a crazed looking man wearing Nazi symbols. Martha falls asleep several times only to find herself in this room, strapped into a chair, and listening to an old record phonograph playing some crazed, cult-like chanting.
This is a film where virtually every character they encounter is some kind of nut or seems to know something about what's going on...from the guy who runs the flower shop to Martha's old next door neighbor, Charlie. Martha and Nicholas discover that the man in the painting was a Nazi scientist working on an experiment with the U.s. Government on what they called the Unholy Trinity: Time Travel, Mind Control, and invisibility. The more they discover, the more strange things become...Read more ›
I wanted to like this movie a great deal more than I did; the concept is amazing, and the acting is, in general, up to that standard. Unfortunately, it takes a few wrong turns in the script, and the farther on we go, the more lost we become, until there is a point towards the end of the movie where you know you're never going to find your way back to that luminous path of potential on which you started out.
Plot: Martha (Adrienne Barbeau) is a distraught mother. She has just (in the movie's opening sequence) unsuccessfully attempted to talk her daughter, Hope (<em>Thralls</em>' Siri Baruc), out of suicide. Her other child, Lucas (<em>Pinata: Survival Island</em>'s Nicholas Brendon), comes home to help her cope, and the two of them start looking for answers. The more they dig, the weirder things get.
Saying <em>what</em> they start finding, even close to the beginning, would be plunging deep into spoiler territory, so I'll just say that while it's nothing you haven't seen before, scriptwriter Sam Freeman takes a number of disparate things you've seen and attempts to put them together in such a way as to be, if not wholly original, at least well on the way. And from what we can see of the big picture by the time we get to the end, he was really on to something. Too bad he doesn't seem to have spent a great deal of time thinking about internal consistency in his conceit, which leads to some moments where the viewer is shaking his head and wondering why no one thought to question this or that angle. Unfortunately, if you're working in this sort of speculative vein, the sort of internal consistency we don't get is exactly what the script needs to carry everything off. Which turns this from a movie advertising endless possibilities into something of a slog.
Worth checking out for the concept, but don't expect to enjoy it much. **
Adrienne Barbeau plays Martha, a Pennsylvania widow who helplessly watches her daughter kill herself in the cellar of their home. Hope's final words to her mother are "Beware of the experiment." She has no idea what the "experiment" could be, but she certainly knows something incredibly strange is going on. Earlier that day, she had an unsettling encounter with the world's creepiest fruit stand vendor, a man who told her that "they are playing with your future." With the help of her son Lucas (Nicholas Brendon of Buffy fame), she begins searching for a reason why Hope would have killed herself. This somehow leads her to a secret government conspiracy to continue the unethical experiments of a certain Nazi "necromancer." While this might sound interesting, it really isn't because we never learn any real details about any of it. We mainly just watch Martha and her son go out demanding answers during the day and then come home again, as if their lives aren't in any danger whatsoever, to the one place where bad things continue to happen to them. Suspense and paranoia increase (among the characters - not the audience) until the truth is finally revealed.Read more ›
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Forgot how old adrienne barbeau was in this and didnt really like the
I thought this movie would have been like "The Haunting In Connecticut", was I ever off the mark though... One word describes my opinion of this movie: WHY?Published on June 7, 2013 by M.Drane
It takes its time and you must have the patience to allow the mystery unfold. It will take you further than you expect.Published on August 16, 2012 by Jara Matthews
This movie had a lot of great things going for it considering the obvious size of the project. Good use made with effects, some good scares and very tense scenes. Read morePublished on March 14, 2011 by Parler
...except that THIS movie ultimately made sense.
This movie does start off as very disjointed and bizarre, and it seems like most of the reviewers here never got past... Read more
Adrienne Barbeau (THE FOG, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, CREEPSHOW) stars as a mother caught in the midst of a conspiracy involving time travel, invisibility, and mind control. Read morePublished on July 22, 2010 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
All I can manage to say about this movie is that I had a ridiculously painful headache after watching it and my mother (who purchased it) made the store take it back even though... Read morePublished on March 2, 2010 by Davan Kross
I mainly picked this up because I'm a Buffy fan and wanted to see Nicholas Brendon do something besides Xander Harris. Well, you could still see Xander in his character... Read morePublished on September 20, 2008 by From Detroit
This one will get reviews all over the place because it doesn't fit any mold. It's not the regular glossy splatter horror we're used to. Read morePublished on April 13, 2008 by L. Veal