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On her first trip to Paris, a young woman hits a party in the Catacombs, the 200-mile labyrinth of limestone tunnels under the city that's lined with the remains of 7 million people. ... See full summary »
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This film was completed in 1988 with the title Catacombs, but when its intended distributor went out of business, the film was not released. The film debuted on video and laser disc in 1993 with the title Curse IV: The Ultimate Sacrifice in an attempt to capitalize on the mild success of the Curse films. This however, is illogical, as the film was made before both Curse II: The Bite (1989) and Curse III: Blood Sacrifice (1991). See more »
When Elizabeth walks into the room where the monks are eating, the cross is already on the floor. Then the cross is shown falling off the fireplace mantel. See more »
And I also managed to procure a pope's skull, just like the one in Brother Orsini's office
Which pope is yours?
Why, Pope Paul the Eighth, of course.
That's impossible; the one in Brother Orsini's office is the skull of Pope Paul the Eighth.
So? What's your problem?
How can there be two skulls of the same pope?
Why bless you, it's perfectly simple. The pope's skull in Brother Orsini's office belonged to Pope Paul the Eighth when he was an 86 year old man; and mine is of Pope Paul the Eighth ...
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The 1988 UK video release was cut by 12 secs by the BBFC to edit shots of a priest being stabbed to death with a nail by a reanimated statue of Jesus. See more »
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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