Taken from the pages of H.P. Lovecraft, THE UNNAMABLE tells the tale of a horrific creature that was locked up in the vaults of a forbidden mansion after slaying its family back in the 1800s. Nearly two centuries later, a group of naive college students ignore the local legends and decide to spend the night within its cursed walls, but they will quickly learn to regret it when the creature breaks free from its earthly prison! Lovecraft became a hot commodity after the success of Empire's RE-ANIMATOR and FROM BEYOND, but this lesser-known entry exchanges the sharp scripting and deliciously dark humor of Gordon's films in place of cheap scares and gratuitous gore. The old, dark mansion is suitably creepy, but the shrill cries of the creature score the only legitimate thrills. Other than that, it is more of the same old story, where the teens are separated and brutally killed for meddling where they don't belong. For as average and boring as the film is otherwise, the gore and creature effects are top-rate, with an incredibly unique design by Chris Biggs. A worthwhile creature-feature for late-80's Splatter fans.
If you liked THE UNNAMABLE, check out:
THE RESURRECTED, THE UNSEEN, CASTLE FREAK, XTRO.