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Truly a horror masterpiece. Although the hairstyles date it, and the enforced dubbing of American accents are illogical and obvious, this is a special piece of work. The vastness of the mythology simply hinted at is wonderful, and the performances at the centre of the piece very well handled. A certain amount of melodrama is present, certainly, but this is not a gritty slasher, it is a poetic descent into the dark. The images are often beautiful, and the design of the monsters transcendent. A true horror work of art, to sit alongside the likes of Suspiria or the Exorcist quite comfortably.
I can't fathom why this has received such a high rating (currently 90% on the tomatometer, and 80% on the audience score). It is embarrassingly self-congratulating, with a painful attempt at clever word-play. The gay pool player is especially cringe-making, with his appallingly unrealistic and poorly judged acidic comments about the clergy. A blunt piece of work, like something put together by a cynical sixteen year old, wallowing in self admiration at what he feels are his weighty insights. It made me wince that it was Irish. The detestable acts hidden by the church need more intelligent handling than this lightweight effort.