The First Power

The First Power

Lou Diamond Phillips
Director: Robert Resnikoff Cast: Lou Diamond Phillips
Lou Diamond Phillips
, Tracy Griffith
Tracy Griffith
, Jeff Kober
Jeff Kober
Robert Resnikoff


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This lackluster attempt at blending equal parts action movie and supernatural thriller ends up sacrificing the merits of both genres. The plot finds baby-faced homicide detective Logan (Lou Diamond Phillips) on the trail of "Pentagram Killer" Patrick Channing (Jeff Kober), negligibly assisted by lots of occult mumbo-jumbo espoused by various doomsaying members of the Catholic Church. Channing is eventually captured and executed, but this turns out to be a big mistake: one of the Satanic powers Channing managed to acquire through ritual sacrifice is the power to transfer his soul into other living bodies, allowing him to roam about incognito and continue his killing spree. There is little overt horror on display, as we usually see only the aftermath of Channing's evil deeds; there is scarcely enough mystery to propel the police-procedural elements either. Worse, the producers apparently decided to toss in a romantic subplot involving Phillips and psychic Tracy Griffith to keep things interesting, but fail to sustain credibility even in this department.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2014
UPC: 0738329144920
Original Release: 1989
Rating: R
Source: Kino Lorber
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 20,803

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lou Diamond Phillips Det. Russell Logan
Tracy Griffith Tess Seaton
Jeff Kober Patrick Channing
Mykelti Williamson Detective Oliver Franklin
Elizabeth Arlen Sister Marguerite
Dennis Lipscomb Commander Perkins
Carmen Argenziano Lieutenant Grimes
Julianna McCarthy Grandma
Nada Despotovich Bag Lady
Susan Giosa Carmen
Clayton Landey Mazza
Hansford Rowe Father Brian
Philip Abbott Cardinal
David Gale Monsignor
J. Patrick McNamara Priest
Grand L. Bush Resevoir Worker
Melanie Shatner Shopgirl
Gokul Street Vendor
David Katims Man In Parking Structure
Brian Libby Bum,Detective
Mindy Marin Actor
Lisa Specht Anchorwoman
Mark Bringelson Driver in Alley
William Fair Detective #2
Michael McNab Uniform
Dan Tullis Cop at Arrest
Michael Wise Cop at Tenement
Andrew Amador Reporter #1
Paula McClure Reporter #2
Tiiu Leek Reporter
Mitch Carter Uniform Cop #1
Jeff Mooring Uniform Cop
Todd Jeffries Cop
Lynne Marta Nun
Charles Raymond Gang Member #1
Scott Lawrence Gang Member
Bill Moseley Bartender
R. David Stephens Desk Clerk
Oz Tortora Antonio
Robert Colaizzi Driver
Ron J. Goodman Bum in Hotel
David J. Partington Detective

Technical Credits
Robert Resnikoff Director,Screenwriter
Michael Bloecher Editor
Camille Calvet Makeup
Stewart Copeland Score Composer
Robert W. Cort Producer
Tim D'Arcy Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Field Producer
Ed French Special Effects
Joseph T. Garrity Production Designer
Wendy Guidery Set Decoration/Design
Melinda Jason Producer
David Madden Producer
John Moio Stunts
Bill Rea Set Decoration/Design
Sheri Short Makeup
Pat Tagliaferro Art Director
Theo Van de Sande Cinematographer
Marilyn Vance Associate Producer
Deborah Zoller Makeup

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