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The Church (1989)
"La chiesa" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror  |  10 March 1989 (Italy)
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An old Gothic cathedral, built over a mass grave, develops strange powers which trap a number of people inside with ghosts from a 12th Century massacre seeking to resurrect an ancient demon from the bowels of the Earth.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Father Gus
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Evan
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ...
The Bishop (as Feodor Chaliapin)
Barbara Cupisti ...
Lisa
Antonella Vitale ...
Bridal Model
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ...
Reverend
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Roberto Caruso ...
Freddie
Roberto Corbiletto ...
Hermann, the Sacristan
Alina De Simone ...
Lottie's Mother
Olivia Cupisti ...
Mira
Gianfranco De Grassi ...
The Accuser
Claire Hardwick ...
Joanna
Lars Jorgenson ...
Bruno
John Karlsen ...
Heinrich
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Storyline

A church is built during medieval times on top of a pile of dead bodies that were considered possessed. Hundreds of years later a young librarian unleashes the evil within, by removing a rock in the catacombs. Series of events occur meanwhile, everybody just does not seem to be the same. Father Gus is the only one not possessed, he must save the city from becoming a pandemonium, he must find the ancient secret of the church so it can crumble to pieces. Written by Nebiros <nebiros@informador.com.mx>

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In this unholy sanctuary you haven't got a prayer ... See more »

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Release Date:

10 March 1989 (Italy)  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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The image of the biker's naked girl friend hugging a winged snake-man is taken directly from a famous Boris Vallejo painting. See more »

Goofs

When Father Gus, as a recreational archer, is using a bow to shoot at a target, he is not wearing a wrist guard. This is a painful mistake even a beginner would only make once. See more »

Quotes

Hermann, the Sacristan: [to Lottie] Filthy liar! Here we'll wash your mouth out with soap, here!
Lottie's Mother: Don't make me wait for those onions Hermann
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Connections

References The Omen (1976) See more »

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Imagination
Written and Performed by Simon Boswell
Courtesy of Greetings Music
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Visually impressive, but ...
7 June 2002 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

This work o Michele Soavi looks like stilistic exercise - plot is pretty weak but camera work is simply AMAZING! Movie contains one of the best steadycam and crane shots I've ever seen! But poor story definitely does not improve entire impression...

Anyway, mood, atmosphere and stunning camera work are really remarkable and worth seeing and that keeps movie from falling down.

Still, Dellamorte Dellamore is the best Soavi's movie I've seen although camera work here is much better.

7/10


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