The Church (1989) Movie Review

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The Church (1989)

1989 | R | Horror
102 minutes / 1h 42min

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The Church Plot Synopsis:

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.

The Church (1989) Review

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 - 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.

  • The Church Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 6.90
  • IMDB: 6.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.4

About The Church 1989

Title: The Church
Year: 1989
Runtime: 102 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Reviewer: Score: 4 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.45/5 stars from 5,613 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 5,613 MPAA Rating: R
The Church Cast Starring: Wendee Lee, Michael McConnohie, Edie Mirman, Lara Cody, Asia Argento, Tomas Arana, Robert Axelrod, Hugh Quarshie, Kerrigan Mahan, Michele Soavi, Theodore Lehmann, Jeff Winkless, Melora Harte, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Edward Mannix, Barry Stigler, Lars Jorgenson, Barbara Cupisti, Katherine Bell Marjorie, Patrizia Punzo, Riccardo Minervini, Enrico Osterman, Antonella Vitale, Micaela Pignatelli, Bill Capizzi, Matteo Rocchietta, Feodor Chaliapin Jr., David Thomas, J.C. Henning, John Richardson
The Church Writers: Dario Argento, Franco Ferrini
The Church Director: Michele Soavi
Production: Hemdale Home Video
Language: Italian, Hungarian, Latin
Country: Italy