The Church (1989) Movie Review

The Church (1989)

1989 | Horror
102 minutes /

User Score: 53/100

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The Church Review


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.

The Church (1989) is an Italian horror movie that is also known as Cathedral of Demons (1989) or Demon Cathedra (1989). The Church is the official second sequel to the Dèmoni series that has no direct link to the first two parts and Dèmoni 3 (1991). Director Michele Soavi (The Goodbye Kiss (2006), Cemetery Man (1994), StageFright: Aquarius (1987)) did a wonderful job executing this demon thriller movie. The film contains partial nude scenes with sexual content, graphic violent scenes, monsters/demons, sitting on the edge of your seat scenes, frightening scenes and great thrills. The sceneries/sets were visually stunning, and the soundtrack was creepy/haunting as it can get. Everything flowed together and appeared almost flawless making this a fantastic movie to see for viewers who have an open mind. The kill scenes were done nicely although it was sad to watch. I love to see this movie for the spectacular visuals, especially the car scene where we see the car at night driving fast through the streets. One scary creature to see was the goat/demon/gargoyle creature.

The Church revolves around Teutonic/Templar Knights massacring a village/coven of people who is assumed to be witches in medieval Germany. The Teutonic Knights dug graves, buried the assumed witches’ dead bodies and build a titular/church structure over the corpses. The movie skips to present day where Evan (Tomas Arana - Gladiator (2000), Limitless (2011), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)) is the church’s new librarian that is hired to organize the books. Evan met archeologist Lisa (Barbara Cupisti - Cemetery Man (1994), StageFright: Aquarius (1987), Opera (1987)) who is researching the catacombs of the church. Evan was very curious and broke the seal on the crypt which resulted in the evil spirits being released. Simultaneously, visitors and everyone in the church is trapped in the church as the church’s automated mechanisms close the door after it was trigger by the crypt seal being broken.

The automated mechanism was set up by the architect that built the church in the event this ordeal happens. Father Gus (Hugh Quarshie - Holby City (1999), Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Highlander (1986), Nightbreed (1990)) and Lotte is the only one’s that is trapped in the church and is not affected by the demons. Everyone else was also possessed by the demons. He made a decision that will end his life and all those who were trapped in the church, and that is to make the church collapse on itself. Teenager Lotte (Asia Argento - xXx (2002), Land of the Dead (2005), Marie Antoinette (2006), The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)) is the only one that survived the collapse of the church. She found the crypt seal while walking around the ruined church and opens the seal. Lotte had the same experience as Evan when he first opened it which is seeing the blue light from within the crypt and smiles.

Overall, I encourage all horror fans to see this movie at least once but I will say; watch it more than once because you will see parts that you missed. Actors did an amazing job with their roles. The movie deserves a score of 8 because it was put together well for a film in the late 1980s.

About The Church (1989)

Title: The Church
AKA: La chiesa
Year: 1989
Runtime: 102 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.6/5 stars from 17 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 17
Starring: Asia Argento, Tomas Arana, Hugh Quarshie, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Michele Soavi, John Karlsen, Roberto Caruso, Roberto Corbiletto, Alina De Simone, Olivia Cupisti, Gianfranco De Grassi, Claire Hardwick, Lars Jorgenson, Feodor Chaliapin Jr., Katherine Bell Marjorie, John Richardson, Riccardo Minervini, Enrico Osterman, Barbara Cupisti, Micaela Pignatelli, Patrizia Punzo, Matteo Rocchietta, Antonella Vitale
Writers: Nick Alexander, Dario Argento, Fabrizio Bava, Lamberto Bava, Franco Ferrini, M.R. James, Dardano Sacchetti, Michele Soavi
Director: Michele Soavi

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