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The Church (1989)

La chiesa (original title)
R | | Horror | 10 March 1989 (Italy)
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.

Director:

Michele Soavi

Writers:

Dario Argento (story), Franco Ferrini (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

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

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Hungarian | Latin

Release Date:

10 March 1989 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Church See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Though it was originally conceived as another entry in the popular Demons series, director Michele Soavi insisted that the film stand alone and not be connected with the films Demons (1985) or Demons 2 (1986). In an interview Soavi referred to the Demons films as 'pizza schlock' and wanted La Chiesa to be more sophisticated. 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

Joanna: Where the fuck have you been? I've been looking all over for you.
Bruno: Joanna we have to get out of here.
Joanna: Well what are we waiting for, huh?
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Alternate Versions

All videos for The Church in the USA come in two formats: R Rated or Unrated/Uncut. There are mistakes on all boxes and tapes about the running times: All videotapes and boxes say 110 minute running time on the back cover and 102 minute running time on the cassette no matter if its the rated R version or the 110 minute unrated version. It will correctly state on the box & tape that it is rated or uncut/unrated. See more »

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References Mark of the Devil (1970) See more »

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Imagination
Written and Performed by Simon Boswell
Courtesy of Greetings Music
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The Cathedral of Demons
11 February 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the Middle Ages, the Knights Templar invade a supposed coven of witches and they slaughter the community. The dig an unholy collective grave, bury the bodies and build a church on the top of the corpses.

On the present days, the ambitious librarian Evan (Tomas Arana) is hired to organize the books of the church. He meets the archaeologist Lisa (Barbara Cupisti) that is researching the catacombs of the church and he accidentally unleashes and is possessed by an ancient demon. Sooner several visitors are trapped inside the church and possessed by demons. Father Gus (Hugh Quarshie) and the teenager Lotte (Asia Argento) are the only persons that are not possessed, and Father Gus discovers a secret in the construction of the church that might be the last chance to save mankind.

"La Chiesa" is a great Gothic horror film with story of Dario Argento and his daughter Asia Argento in an important role. The plot is a prequel to Demons 1 and 2, and I saw this film for the first time on 17 February 2012 and today I have decided to watch it again. Unfortunately this film has not been released on DVD or Blu-Ray in Brazil and the image of the VHS awfully dubbed in English is poor and does not highlight the magnificent cinematography or the creepy special effects. The soundtrack has the music of Keith Emerson, Goblin and Philip Glass and completes this great film of demons. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Catedral" ("The Cathedral")

Note: On 22 Jn 2017, I saw this film again on DVD, unfortunately dubbed in English.


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