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FULL SYNOPSIS

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. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

  • Release date:April 6, 1990

Cast

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

Crew

Robert Resnikoff
Director
Melinda Jason
Producer
David Madden
Producer
Ted Field
Producer
Robert W. Cort
Producer
Robert Resnikoff
Screenwriter
Theo Van de Sande
Cinematographer
Stewart Copeland
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Bloecher
Editor
Joseph T. Garrity
Production Designer
Pat Tagliaferro
Art Director
Marilyn Vance
Associate Producer
Bill Rea
Set Designer
Wendy Guidery
Set Designer
Tim D'Arcy
Costume Designer
John Moio
Stunts
Camille Calvet
Makeup
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