Director – Jean-Paul Ouellette
Cast – Charles Klausmeyer, Mark Kinsey Stephenson, Alexandra Durrell, Laura Albert, Eben Ham, Blane Wheatley, Mark Para, Delbert Spain, Colin Cox
Release Year -1988
Reviewed by John of the Dead
It had been a long while since my last low-budget 80s film of low-quality but great horror, and The Unnamable unsurprisingly gave me what I wanted to see. Based on one of H. P. Lovecraft’s short stories, we are given a nice creature tale delivering tons of cheeze and fun for those who love these types of films.
During the 1800s a woman gave birth to a creature so vile and disgusting it was impossible to be named, and was eventually termed “The Unnamable”. After killing its family in brutal fashion, The Unnamable is trapped inside a vault in the old home where she is to remain for all eternity. Fast forward to present time and a few college students decide to investigate the story behind the old home, inadvertently unleashing The Unnamable for another bout of blood-soaked chaos.
Everyone affiliated with the horror genre knows that there are “bad” horror films, and then there are “bad but good” horror films, and The Unnamable falls into the latter category. From the get-go you know that his film is going to suck ass as far as winning awards for great writing thanks to the usual cheezy dialogue and acting performances that we get with such films, but writer/director Jean-Paul Ouellette made the most of the film’s lesser-qualities and ensured a fun watch for those not watching the film in pretentious mindset.
This being based on an H.P. Lovecraft story, you know the overall storyline will be a good one, and I heavily enjoyed it. I loved the idea of the beastly child so ugly that it could not be named, and it being forced to reside in the very home in which it killed its family in was a nice touch. Unsurprisingly we are given the genius idea of curious college students making their way into the home and unleashing the creature, and from then on out the story focuses on the different groups of students and the “unnamable” horror they come face to face with. The story is very simple, and makes for a great beer-n-wings flick with your buds given you can clown around not have to pay too much attention to understand what is going on. I do with that the film would have not have a slow second act, an act in which there were long bouts without kill sequences, but the film’s 87 minute runtime ensured I did not have to wait too too long for things to get going again and finish on a high note thanks to the awesome third act.
Ouellette’s direction was positive for this type of film, and while the low-budget is obvious as ever he put his priorities where the outta be and ensured that we were given great creature FX and awesome live-action gore. I personally wished that there was more creature action in the film, but that is only because I could not get enough of The Unnamable and her gore-inducing antics. The kills are great and I was glad to see that despite the initial college students who make their way into the home we are given more potential victims for The Unnamable, with each death coming in awesome and sometimes hilarious fashion. The sets used were simple yet great, and I loved that most of the film took place in the creepy old house The Unnamable had been residing in for over a century. I mentioned earlier that the acting performances were poor, but do not let that sway you given they were of the favorable “poor” that we often get in these films. Oh, and the gore is great, even if I already said that.
Overall, The Unnamable is a fun cheezy watch that I recommend to those who enjoy such films. The Lovecraftian story is simple and evil, and we get great creature action that comes complimented with great gory kills. Watch this .