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A demon is trapped in a monastery. 400 years later a young girl arrives at the monastery to study.

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Father John Durham
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Brother Orsini
Jeremy West ...
Brother Marinus
Laura Schaefer ...
Elizabeth Magrino
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Brother Timothy
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ...
Brother Terrel
Brett Porter ...
Possessed albino
Michael Pasby ...
Mapi Galán ...
Antonia
Nicola Morelli ...
The Inquisitor
Julian Jenkins ...
Brother Martino
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Brother Brandt
Leslie Thomas ...
Brother Agostino
Giordano Falzoni ...
Brother Callisto
G. Ferretti ...
Brother Angelo
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A demon is trapped in a monastery. 400 years later a young girl arrives at the monastery to study.

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23 June 1988 (West Germany)  »

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Curse IV: The Ultimate Sacrifice  »

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Followed by Curse III: Blood Sacrifice (1991) See more »

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Monastery of the damned
30 October 2010 | by (Cleburne, TX) – See all my reviews

Taken off the shelf and retitled "Curse IV: The Ultimate Sacrifice", this was actually made before the second and third entries in the unrelated series. This one deals with a possessed albino who was sealed in the walls of an old monastery 400 years ago. Fast-forward to the present and a young teacher's arrival to the monastery somehow frees the demon from it's prison.

I'm a fan of the other three film in the Curse "series", and while I enjoyed this one to an extent, it's easily the weakest of the four. The film boasts an exciting opening sequence, but things get bogged down when we move to the present. Of the cast, Laura Schaefer is certainly attractive, but the only good performance here is that of Jeremy West as the strict Brother Marinus. The atmosphere is solid, Pino Donaggio contributes a typically good score and there's a really effective bit with a possessed statue towards the end. This scene alone is worth seeing the film for.

On the other hand, the film would benefit from a different actor in the hero role. The guy they chose annoyed me, and so did the bedridden priest who goes on and on about utter nonsense. His character should have been omitted entirely. I also can't believe that an obvious continuity error was allowed to remain during the scene where Schaefer walks in on the monks having dinner.

A mixed bag.


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