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The Eighteenth Angel (1997)

Mythology and religious dogma are slowly revealed when an attractive young woman is approached by a modeling agency that pulls her into an underworld of priests that are not Christian but ... See full summary »

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Mythology and religious dogma are slowly revealed when an attractive young woman is approached by a modeling agency that pulls her into an underworld of priests that are not Christian but rather want to resurrect Satan by collecting the souls of 18 beautiful children. Written by Abby Rexroth

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The Crow Flies, The Clock Strikes And the Devil is Due.


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Rated R for horror violence and gore | See all certifications »
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6 December 1997 (Japan)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Though shot for a theatrical release, the film made its debut on the Starz! network. See more »

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Although the hospital in the final scene is supposed to be in Rome, the label on the hydrogen peroxide bottle on the dressing tray is in English. See more »

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The producers gratefully acknowledge The City and Town Hall of Formello, Italy The Sorbo Monastery, Italy See more »

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References Les yeux sans visage (1960) See more »

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A Film That Fails On A Number Of Levels.
19 July 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"The Eighteenth Angel" is a mediocre film that does a poor job of telling the story about the meaning behind a quote from the "Etruscan Book of the Dead". Something about when Satan comes back he'll walk as beauty.

The plot is based around a secret society of Etruscan Priests who have chosen the side of Satan over that of God- they think Christianity really sucks- and as such, plan to enact the necessary steps to fulfill the aforementioned prophecy- to bring Satan back in a beautiful (as opposed to beastial) form.

To do this they need to get 18 good looking, innocent children, kill them, and cut off their faces...in an apparent process whose reasons go largely unexplained.

Anyways, it stars a sexy as hell 19 year old Rachael Leigh Cook, who plays a young model that is being lured in by the cult- as they recognize her as "the eighteenth angel" needed to complete the necessary required steps in order to bring back Satan...or something like that. First they kill her mom (well kinda...I think...no explanation is given), then somehow get her to come to Italy with her dad, before having some grimy ginos from the cult seduce her via her fat ass cat (which she unbelievably smuggled to Italy).

The cult seems to capture her by exploiting some sort of evil divine intervention, and it is up to her dad to stop them before it's too late. Before he has lost his daughter forever to the cult, like he did his wife.

The whole story is just poorly told. There is no plot development whatsoever and it just kind of ends without tying up multiple strands of the storyline. If it wasn't for the Goddess-like sexual allure of a young Rachael Leigh Cook, and the cinematography on a few nice establishing shots, then this film wouldn't be worth watching at all. 3 out of 10.


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