The gospel according to Michele Soavi.
Though it shares strains of DNA with the “pizza shlock” of the Demons franchise, The Church feels wholly removed from any sense of camp despite any initial intentions. Far and away Soavi’s darkest film, it churns with an ancient evil, immutable and rank. And while the pacing may be more intentional than some prefer, the dividends are huge. The truly nightmarish imagery that Soavi unveils in the latter half rewards patient viewing and does well to set this one apart not only within his own filmography, but in Italian horror as a whole.