Blu-ray Review: H.P. Lovecraft’s THE UNNAMABLE

THE UNNAMABLE is based on a short story of the same name by H.P. Lovecraft. The movie was written, produced and directed by Jean-Paul Ouellette and stars Mark Kinsey Stephenson, Charles Klausmeyer, Laura Albert, Alexandra Durrell, Eben Ham, Blane Wheatley, Mark Parra, Delbert Spain and Katrin Alexandre.

College students from Miskatonic University who retreat to an early 18th-century mansion for a weekend of lust are stalked by a fatalistic female in this horror film taken from a story by H.P. Lovecraft. The demon delights in tearing the limbs off her human victims to carry out a centuries-old family curse. Bloody graphic violence and nudity is combined with some campy comedy.

The Unnamable starts off with Randolph (Mark Kinsey Stephenson), Howard (Charles Klausmeyer) and Joel (Mark Parra), three college friends who are talking about the legend of Joshua Winthrop (Delbert Spain) and his demonic daughter who killed him in their own house. What happens is, Joel decides to enter the old haunted house alone and let’s just say it doesn’t go well for him because he discovers the terrifying legend is true. The movie then introduces Bruce (Eben Ham), John (Blane Wheatley), Wendy (Laura Albert) and Tanya (Alexandra Durrell) who also enter the old house to have little fun. The guys think it’ll make a great makeout spot but only one of the girls is down for it while the other one ends up getting the creeps.

It takes a while but the small group of friends discover they’re not alone as they become the next batch of victims at the hands of the demonic Alyda Winthrop (Katrin Alexandre). What happens next is that Randolph and Howard come back into the picture because they’re worried about their friend Joel who’s missing in action so they head into the old house where they meet up with the others and find out Joel has died a horrifying death at the hands of this monstrous she-creature that’s on the prowl and thirsty for blood. They’re all running for their lives and one by one the demonic creature slaughters them but Randolph discovers “The Necronomicon” and decides to study it where he chants out some spells that allows him to stop the beast before it finishes the rest of them off.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/0-card. The slipcover is an exclusive for this Blu-ray release and will only be available for the first 2,000 units. The front of the keepcase features the original artwork and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the original cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Unearthed Films has given the movie a brand new 4K HD Scan with color correction and restoration from the original camera negative. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition upgrade were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, it had been a really long time since I’d watched The Unnamable and this one takes me way back to the good ol’ video store days. This 1988 slice of cinematic horror cheese uses the same basic formula that so many other horror movies have used over the years where it follows a small group of friends (in this case it’s college students) who enter an old haunted house with a monster inside. H.P Lovecraft had a fascinating imagination and this movie brings one of his many stories to life and I thought Jean-Paul Ouellette did a good job with it. The movie is a bit of a slow burn because it takes its time on fully revealing the creature but once she is finally shown it’s game on and things pick up. This is an old school low budget horror creeper so all the SFX are practical and it all looks great. The design and makeup effects for the creature look fantastic plus there’s a lot of blood and gore to go along with it. You understand why she’s called The Unnamable because the she-demon appears to be a mixture of beasts. Unearthed Films did a great job with the release and I had a blast revisiting this old horror obscurity from the 80s.  The Unnamable is finally available on Blu-ray and if you’ve never seen this one before be sure you check it out.

Distributor: Unearthed Films

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Curround Sound 5.1 / English PCM 2.0

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include five new video interviews with some of the cast and crew, some audio commentary and trailers for other releases.

  • Video interview with actors, Charles Klausmeyer and Mark Kinsey Stephenson (1:18:33)
  • Video interview with actor, Eben Ham (30:55)
  • Video interview with actor, Laura Albert (46:16)
  • Video interview with actor, Mark Parra (33:36)
  • Video interviews with R. Christopher Biggs, special makeup effects artist and makeup artist, Camille Calvet (1:00:03)
  • Audio commentary with Charles Klausmeyer, Mark Stephenson, Laura Albert, Eben Ham, Camille Calvet and R. Christopher Biggs
  • Trailers for other Unearthed Films releases

 

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