The Church (1989)
Director: Michele Soavi
Main Stars: Hugh Quarshie, Tomas Arana, Feodor Chaliapin Jr., Barbara Cupisti, Asia Argento
Storyline: An old gothic church is built over mass graves that have now granted it strange powers.
Review (Spoils): A church that was built during the medieval times is covering a massive graveyard that a young librarian unleashes the souls by removing a rock from the deep catacombs. The evil that rises causes a series of evil events and people start to become possessed by demons. Father Gus (Hugh Quarshie) must work to save the city from the now evil church.
We have the lovely music of Goblin in this one along with the writing of Dario Argento so Italian horror fans can jump on this one. We have a gothic mechanical church that covers up the evils of the past such as the massacre created by the Templar Knights which was ordered by the church itself. Does the symbolism of this mean that the church covers up its own mistakes? The church starts to drag people within it like an evil trap in which the demons inside devour. We have lots of blood and gore in this one for the red fans and we the creatures themselves are done very well. We have the young Asia Argento making a presence also even if it is a smaller part.
The downfall of the film is the plot seemed rushed so what is being built up at the beginning starts to be forced upon you at the end. But overall it is still a nice classic Italian horror film.
Rating: Not as good as Dellamorte Dellamore but still entertaining this is little number. The visuals of the film alone are worth taking in. I can understand why this film was almost called Demons 3 but I’m glad it didn’t because it can stand alone.