Michele Soavi's The Church, terrible!

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  1. Crystal Plumage

    Crystal Plumage Dig me..but don't bury me

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    Although I like Soavi's output very much,I think he is more of a "video clip" director.
    All very stylish and flashy (I like that,don't get me wrong) but no real depth to his direction.
    Argento is the true master.
    If Argento hadn't been involved in the making of "The Church",Lamberto Bava would've directed it and you wouldn't want that,now would you!
    And while Dellamorte Dellamore is a unique film,I don't think it's a classic.It's a nice and funny little zombie film with some strange characters and ...Anna Falchi.......*sigh*.But it's a tiny affair when compared to Argento's best ie. Suspiria,Deep Red,Inferno or Tenebrae.
    Just my opinion.
     
  2. The Chaostar

    The Chaostar Johnny Hallyday forever

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    Anna Falchi... (*sigh in agreement*)...
     
  3. wizzer

    wizzer get outta here ewe

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    i watched this movie a long time ago and everytime since then when i pass it up in my collection, i would tell myself "hey thats a good movie and i like it but i just don't wanna watch it right now". anyway, i finally decided to give it another go and i don't know what kind of drugs i was doing the first time i watched this but this movie was damn near terrible. and then i was reviewing the posts on this thread and more than one dude said asia argento looked hot? what the fuck? she looked like she was 11 years old. anywho, i was watching along the whole time but it felt like i'd turn my head to the side for one second and then 10 minutes of the movie went somewhere. i did like the part where the mom is more concerned with dinner or something while the dad is punching the daughter in the mouth with a bar of soap after she was trying to tell him that the librarian almost raped her. i'm gonna go wash this movie off with some other italian something or other ASAP.
     
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    i remember liking it....hmmmm
     
  5. MisterTwister

    MisterTwister The Schlock King

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    I found The Church to be pretty dull myself. I much prefer Stagefright and Cemetery Man.
     
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    i watched stagefright around the same time, and i recall liking them both, but the church more....i need to watch them again.
     
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    The Church is great. Slow at points, but overall A+++++.
     
  8. Crystal Plumage

    Crystal Plumage Dig me..but don't bury me

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    Been a while since I watched it, but IIRC this isn't a bad movie perse.
    Some great setpieces and some gore. Especially the first sequence with the Templars(?) is worth your $$ IMO.
     
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    MorallySound Mad Mutilator

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    Count me also not really a fan of this film.

    The Church is just like going to church, it's a bore.
     
  10. Shlockjock81

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    Like Crystal said, it had some great set pieces and atmosphere, but as a whole I found this film to be a total mess. You have people trapped in a church and getting picked off one by one... one person even gets impaled on a gate. And the rest of the survivors in the church act like nothing is happening!! It's just a complete MESS of a film!
     
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    Good film imo. A tad slow at times but i find that preferable to the shallow, fast cut films they churn out these days. Cemetery man, while fun, is not very exciting at second watch and is simply another horror comedy. The Church is worth a watch every so often. The look of the film is superb and it holds my interest. The art direction is very good. I really don't see the need to 'root' for characters, nor to like them in a film. Grim nihilism has it's attractions too.
     
  12. Crystal Plumage

    Crystal Plumage Dig me..but don't bury me

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    Rewatched this today. Better than I remembered. I watched with a "different eye" so to speak.
    Some very ingenious shots. Great tracking shots as well. The "Templer" sequence is great ofcourse, but some of the more down to earth horror sequences are shot with the same vigour.
    Dubbing isn't the best with all characters but good enough. I've heard worse.
    Tomas Arana is great. His mental metamorphosis is executed very well. Will rewatch "Body Puzzle" soon, just to see if he's really that good :)
     
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    I watched this movie "under the influence" amazing film! Maybe that made the difference?
     
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    I tried watching Suspiria on wee-...err, stuff. And I didn't get enough enjoyment from it. But The Church may be a different story.
     
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    i enjoyed this for the most part this is the best of the 3 demons part 3 films
     
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    If this was suppose to be Demons 3, why does Asia look so much younger than she was in Demons 2. Did the 'Demons 3' label get stuck on this later? When and Why?
     
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    There is no Demons 3...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbegGD-NRJE
     
  18. SaxCatz

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    I agree with the (long ago, far away) OP.
    This film is horrendously boring. I tried to watch it as part of my October marathon and ended up fast forwarding and, ultimately, surrendering before it was through.
     
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    in an interview i seen elsewhere they said the church originally started as a 3rd demons film then problems arose they changed it around alot of italian movies have sequels look at fulci's zombie over there it is zombi 2


    black demons and demons 3 the ogre are the other too supposedly demons 3 movies
     
  20. Crystal Plumage

    Crystal Plumage Dig me..but don't bury me

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    What he said.
    I revisited The Church some time ago, and I still like it. Sorry :D
     

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