Michele Soavi's The Church, terrible!

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  1. Grim

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    You know they could have divided the church into two movies and it would have worked fine, maybe shoot some more scenes to make it longer, because it's like two movies in one.
     
  2. EPKJ

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    The Church

    Well, I agree that all The Church has going for it is style, and the style isn't good enough. Soavi isn't fit to lick Argento's boots when it comes to style. Crediting Soavi with a genius for style is actually an insult to Argento, who is a true master of style.
     
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    Oh boy, old thread coming back atcha!

    I saw this for the first time last night. It was certainly nothing like I was expecting - but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Since I'm not a huge Demons fan, I didn't want a movie like that anyway.

    However, this one has a very lazy pace, actually, it never really kicks into gear. The set pieces are great though, and very well done. Soavi was certainly finding himself here, and he shows a lot of flair. I'll watch this one again, no doubt. It caught me by surprise a bit, after everything I have read about it, I really didn't think I wanted to own it. In a moment of weakness I paid out though, and I'm glad I did.

    All in all then, I think this was a pretty good film. It trips up in all the usual ways such films do - some terrible dubbing (Asia's dubbing is comical) and some lazy scripting, but that's par for the course. I liked it, and look forward to seeing it a few times into the future.
     
  4. Shannafey

    Shannafey Don't Monkey With Me!

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    I, too bought it and watched it for the first time last month and feel about the same way you do. I need to watch it again myself and really make a better judgement. Most Euro films are like that to me.
     
  5. Tawny

    Tawny You guys got sour balls?

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    I saw it for the first time about a month ago, and I was blown away! I thought the music was great.(very haunting.) The "subway" scene was too cool, I had to rewind it just to show somebody. I will admit that some of the f/x were a little bit cheesy, but oh well. I think that Michele Soavi has a good sense of humor. :D
     
  6. The Chaostar

    The Chaostar Johnny Hallyday forever

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    yeah, gave me the chance to get a glimpse of those EPKJ posts!
    :lol:
     
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    I gave this film another shot yesterday after being under whelmed by it the first time I saw it a couple of years ago. I really enjoyed it allot more this time. Soavi was really paying attention when Argento was showing him the ropes. It had a great atmosphere and a really nice comfortable surealness about it. This film has not had the respect it deserves IMO. After really enjoying stage fright last week. I'm going to have to seek out The Sect. As I have become quite the fan of Soavi recently.
     
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    Katatonia Hellbound Heart

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    Personally, I love The Church...even the first time I watched it.
     
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    Crystal Plumage Dig me..but don't bury me

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    Yeah me too.Always a big fan of Goblin and Emerson too.
     
  10. The Chaostar

    The Chaostar Johnny Hallyday forever

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    Watch it stoned.
     
  11. soxfan666

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    I too am a fan of The Church.
     
  12. Mortis

    Mortis GARBAGE DAY!

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    The same goes for almost any movie.

     
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    The Church is probably my most favorite Italian horror (beside Opera) :)
     
  14. sacateca

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    Just saw the title of this thread and i have to agree. And for those who say Soavi isn't match for Argento in style, i believe it is exactly Argento who ruined this movie, as Soavi's movies without Dario are all much better. The bad things about this movie all have the Argento-trademarks...of the two, i find Soavi much sharper filmmaker. Dellamorte Dellamore in my opinion is a masterpiece and way beyond Argento's better efforts.
     
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    The Chaostar Johnny Hallyday forever

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    I like you Mortis. However, being stoned, actually enhances plot-less films. I guess I should have pointed that out. :glasses:
     
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    The thing that gets me is that there are zero likeable people in the film.
    I so wanted everyone in the film to die. I'll have to watch this one again....maybe I can find one halfway decent person to cheer for.
     
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    You even hated Asia?
     
  18. soxfan666

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    sometimes i like it when every character sux and i want them all to die. I usually want the bad guys to win.
     
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    She was okay, I guess.... :D
     
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    :lol: Nice one....I know what you mean.
     

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