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The Unseen Reviews

A vile and perverse horror film that manages to be interesting and compelling nonetheless, THE UNSEEN follows Bach, a news reporter who travels with two colleagues to Solveg, California, for a Danish festival. The festival is obviously a popular one, because the trio can't find lodging and is forced to stay overnight in an eerie mansion owned by TEXAS CHAIN SAW-type patriarch Lassick. Lassick and his sister, Goldoni, harbor some taboo secrets. Not only did Lassick kill his father; he also had an incestuous relationship with Goldoni, which produced a substandard son (Furst), who remains "unseen" in the basement. Bach's character, poor as it is (as usual, she must have been hired for her exotic looks) sems to have been included just to provide a screaming woman with whom the audience can identify. The film is tasteless and disturbing, but oddly compelling, in its concentration on the maliciousness of Lassick, who beats the moronic Furst zealously in the basement. Everybody in the film with the exception of Bach is demented and depraved--it's just a matter of degrees. One wonders, however, whether any of this was intentional. Furst (of NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE) sports a fine makeup job in his role. Goldoni (once closely identified with her role in John Cassavetes' SHADOWS but now better known to horror fans for THEATER OF DEATH and the remake of THE INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS) does the best she can with her role as the victimized sister.