The Church (1989)


Dumb and moronic in the way a lot of late-period Argento movies are (he co-wrote this) but the dark fantasy and practical-effects imagery make any groans tolerable. It’s interesting that this as originally inteded to be Demons 3. As a fan of both Demons movies I can say that the concept for this is much stronger as a stand-alone picture. Asia Argento is one of my favourite horror heroines and even here, at 14 years old, she’s a badass screen presence. Setting the action almost exclusively in a gothic church lends the film an excellent backdrop too and places it in a weird, timeless vacuum. As soon as the characters venture outside, the modern backdrops are jarring but in a good way. It’s not a film that will stick with me, but there are images and effects that will.

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