La Chiesa (The Church) (Cathedral of Demons) (1989)
Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 3
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Release Date: Mar 10, 1989 Wide
Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 2,367
Originally intended as the third chapter in producer Dario Argento's Demons trilogy, La Chiesa stands alone as an effective horror film centering on a haunted cathedral with a violent past. The church's history begins in Medieval Italy, when the Knights Templar massacred an entire village of suspected Satanists and built the structure upon the site of the slain peasants' mass grave. Designed by an architect/alchemist (who was buried alive within his creation), the church is filled with elaborate
Mar 10, 1989 Wide
Feb 19, 2002
Hemdale Home Video
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[Michele] Soavi creates a total, apocalyptic sense of dread that never leaves even the most domestic moments of the film.
Even when the film gets slow, it's nearly impossible to turn away and risk missing the next beautifully framed shot.
Yeah, it's pretty silly -- and yet the film induces a lingering unease that's hard to shake. I lay this at the film's fairly nasty tone and some of the more disturbing images.
I don't know what YOU generally look for in a horror flick, but unless it's "talking and lots of it" I'd stay far away from this one.
Sovai doesn't settle for the easy, opting instead for a more oblique and suggestive, rather than graphic, approach to the material
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