I was a child of the heyday of VHS and Beta. A wonderful time to be alive. I would venture as often as possible to any video store I could get to and wander through the shelves of film delights for countless hours. I loved getting lost in the selection of titles. This was most true when I was in the horror section. I loved that horror had everything from the cheapest film ever to the big budget Hollywood scare flicks. And among the hundreds of films I added to my favorites list over the years, one has always eluded me when trying to build my Blu-ray collection. The Unholy, from 1988 and starring the illustrious Ben Cross, was a fave of mine on videocassette, never got a proper DVD release and never saw the light of day in high definition. Until now.
Ben Cross stars as Father Michael, a priest called in to take over a church in New Orleans that has been plagued by a series of horrific murders of previous priests. Father Michael discovers the church is occupied by a demon who takes the form a beautiful woman to test priests and make them break their vows before killing them, and it will take every ounce of his faith to stop it and send it back to hell.
The Unholy isn’t the greatest film out there. But there is something about it that has always drawn me back to it. Ben Cross is certainly one of the main reasons for this, he is always compelling in any role he takes. But it is the combination of religious horror, creature feature, thriller, and great production design that just makes for an incredibly fun horror movie. And this new Vestron Collector’s Series edition features a wonderful new transfer and a great selection of special features that give interesting insight into the production. Some of the stories behind the making of this film are quite fascinating and really make the film all the more lovable. If you’ve never had the pleasure, check out The Unholy for some good old fashioned VHS style thrills! Highly recommended.