THE FIRST POWER
The body-hopping premise comes barely supported by a thin cobbling of spurious, ill-explained Christian theology. The perpetual fake dream scares and is it real? games become tedious. And there are times, with images of cackling bag ladies spinning in mid-air, when The First Power is just plain silly. For all its stupidity, the action moves at a fair pace and one can never accuse the film of boring. The body-hopping demonic serial killer was done much better a few years later with the surprisingly good Fallen (1998).
Lou Diamond Phillips was then a moderately hot name as a result of La Bamba (1987). The First Power stuck Phillips in B-movie mode and his career has remained there ever since. Aged twnety-eight at the time, he looks hardly old enough to be out of high-school let alone a seasoned detective, and the effect of him trying to play humour as a hard-boiled cop is disastrous. Tracy Griffith, Melanies sister, is not much better.
The First Power was poorly received. Director/writer Robert Resnikoff has never made another film.
Film available online in several parts beginning here:-