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The Church (1989)., 24 Jun 2009

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Director Michele Soavi gained worldwide recognition with his 1994 masterpiece "Dellamorte Dellamore" or Cemetery Man; however, he had been mastering his craft under the guidance of horror master Dario Argento for years before that hit. The Church was his second feature length effort as director and he displays his craft with a visually stunning Gothic movie about possessions, I didn't think that the film was bad at all but some scenes were quite boring and the pacing was abit slow but it does pick up the pace later on during the second half. The Church is a tale of an unholy supernatural evil contained under a Gothic Cathedral. Centuries ago, a group of Templar Knights brutally killed a town accused of being devil-worshipers; in order to keep the evil down they built a cathedral and sealed it on top of the dead bodies. Now, in the present a greedy librarian named Evan (Tomas Arana) breaks the seal and frees the forces of evil. The Church starts a self-protection devise that serves to...

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The 12th Century. Following a massacre of suspected plague sufferers, one of whom has a stigmata on her foot, the church and the establishment decide to bury their secrets by building a church on the site of where the victims are buried, in order to keep the evil trapped for ever, under hallowed ground. The present day. The very same church has a new librarian, who unwittingly frees the toxic evil from its incarceration, awakening a centuries old power that begins to infect the church and its occupants one by one...Italian director Michele Soavi, who served his apprenticeship under two great horror directors from Italy, Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava, here shows his usual creative flourishes to direct this highly enjoyable horror film. Soavi may well have only directed a handful of films, but what a great handful they are. Whilst not quite attaining the heights of his brilliant arty slasher 'Stagefright' or the endearingly bizarre 'Dellamore Dellamorte', Soavi once again...
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Director Michele Soavi gained worldwide recognition with his 1994 masterpiece "Dellamorte Dellamore" or Cemetery Man; however, he had been mastering his craft under the guidance of horror master Dario Argento for years before that hit. The Church was his second feature length effort as director and he displays his craft with a visually stunning Gothic movie about possessions, I didn't think that the film was bad at all but some scenes were quite boring and the pacing was abit slow but it does pick up the pace later on during the second half. The Church is a tale of an unholy supernatural evil contained under a Gothic Cathedral. Centuries ago, a group of Templar Knights brutally killed a town accused of being devil-worshipers; in order to keep the evil down they built a cathedral and sealed it on top of the dead bodies. Now, in the present a greedy librarian named Evan (Tomas Arana) breaks the seal and frees the forces of evil. The Church starts a self-protection devise that serves to...
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