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Riccardo Serventi Longhi
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
Visually stunning, haunting soundtrack, awesome kills, there's so much to love about this movie. Once I popped this DVD into the player and heard the awesome music on the menu I was hooked. The film has Michele Soavi's style all over, actually I'd say this is his most impressive looking film he's made.
As I saw one users comments on Mullholland Drive "What am I seeing before my eyes", is exactly how I felt when watching this movie. I have now watched it at least 30 times and still can't get sick of it.
The plot mainly consists of crusading nights killing a village of people they believe to be devil worshipers. A couple hundred years later a huge church is built over the dead bodies and after some nosy, greedy dude opens up the tomb...well that's where I'll stop.
The visuals in this film are beyond astounding, examples would be The scene of a car driving through the streets at night in fast motion, I couldn't get over it, I'd compare it to the cab scene with NAomi Watts and Lara Herring before they get to Club Silencio. Impressive and gorgeous. The goat-demon-gargoyle was also very freaky and the scene with it and Baraba Cuputsi was terrifying. Actually I'd compare this movie to Mullholland drive, as I quote Roger Ebert on his review of Mullholland Drive "the less it makes sense, the more we can't stop watching" After watching this movie at least thirty times (as Mullholland drive) You begin to see that EVERYTHING in this movie actually does make sense, regardless of many people saying the plot MAKES no sense at anytime. Michele Soavi even says in an ARGENTO book that everything in the Church had a purpose. I even think The horrible "Stock" characters were great, they brought lots of comic relief with their bad dialog and acting.Buy this movie on DVD and fall in love with it as I have.
***1/2 out of ****
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