La Chiesa (The Church) (Cathedral of Demons)
La Chiesa (The Church) (Cathedral of Demons) (1989)

Also known as The Church, this Italian supernatural shocker comes from Dario Argento aficionado, Michele Soavi (the two men wrote the script together) and concerns a cathedral besieged by demons, whose malevolent power is unleashed when a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 10, 1989
DVD Release Date: February 19, 2002
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This so-so thriller should appeal mostly to followers of Dario Argento, the Italian filmmaker noted for such gruesome scare-fest hokum.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

There is no denying the dreaminess of Soavi's stream-of-consciousness horror show.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

[Michele] Soavi creates a total, apocalyptic sense of dread that never leaves even the most domestic moments of the film.

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Scott Weinberg

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.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Even when the film gets slow, it's nearly impossible to turn away and risk missing the next beautifully framed shot.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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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Alex roy
The Church was originally going to be part of the Demons series, but it ended up being a totally different film altogether. Directed by Argento protégé. Michele… More
Robert C
Everything that I love (and dislike) about Italian horror. I love the premise of the film, which is that "The Church" is an ancient machine… More
Steve K
Very much an 80's Italian horror film. A little less gore, perhaps. A little long in the tooth.
Conner Rainwater
Aside from it's essential viewing for the sake of the Demons franchise, this has very little to offer in terms of being a horror movie. The only thing that… More
Lee ?
A nice slice of Italian horror from the tail end of its golden years about a Demonic plague which is unleashed from the pit of a Church is modern day Germany.… More
A.D. Villarreal
Originally this was supposed to be Demons 3 but was retitled during production. It falls just short of the first film but fully eclipses the second. It also… More