The Unnamable (1988)

USA, 1988

An American horror film directed by Jean-Paul Ouellette.

Plot Summary

In the late 19th century, a repulsively deformed child is born and dubbed The Unnamable by its family. The creature slaughters its family before being trapped in a vault. In 1998 a group of college students decide to explore the vault, looking for the creature which has now attained legendary status.


Directed by: Jean-Paul Ouellette
© MCMLXXXVIII [1988] K.P. Productions, Inc.
K.P. Productions, Inc. presents a Yankee Classic Pictures film [opening titles]; a Yankee Classic Pictures film presented by K.P. Productions, Inc. [end titles]
Executive Producer: Paul White
Produced by: Dean Ramser & Jean-Paul Ouellette
Line Producer: Terry L. Benedict
Associate Producer: Michael Haney
Screenplay by: Jean-Paul Ouellette
Based on the short story “The Unnamble” by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Director of Photography: Tom Fraser
Editor: Wendy J. Plump
Music Composed by: David Bergeaud
Sound Mixer: Stuart Fox
Costume Designer: Debra Swihart
Makeup and Hair: Carolyn Taye-Loren
Special Makeup Effects: R. Christopher Biggs
Creature & Makeup Special Effects: Art & Magic
Production Designer: Gene Abel

Charles King (Howard Damon)
Mark Kinsey Stephenson (Randolph Carter)
Alexandra Durrell (Tanya Heller)
Laura Albert (Wendy Barnes)
Eben Ham (Bruce Weeks)
Blane Wheatley (John Babcock)
Mark Parra (Joel Manton)
Delbert Spain (Joshua Winthrop)
Colin Cox (Mr Craft)
Paul Farmer (mortician)
Paul Pajor (gravedigger 1)
Marcel Lussier (gravedigger 2)
Lisa Wilson (student 1)
Nancy Kreisel (student 2)
Katrin Alexandre as Alyda (The Creature) Winthrop

Alternative Titles

La creatura – Italian title
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Unnamable
H.P. Lovecraft’s The White Monster
– German video title
El innombrable – Spanish title
Nienazwane – Polish title
White Monster – German/Hungarian title

The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter (1993)


Videoscope no.110 (Spring 2019) p.25 – review (David Annandale’s HPL Report)

The Lurker in the Lobby: A Guide to the Cinema of H.P. Lovecraft by Andrew Migliore and John Strysik pp.87-89 – illustrated credits, review