Chicago, IL (February12,2018) –The third installment in Doppelgänger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing’s ongoing series of restored filmsfromItalian horror auteur Dario Argento,THE CHURCHis a 1989 Gothic chiller about a group of visitors trapped in a medieval cathedral who are plagued by the evil demons that have been released from the crypt beneath it.
Co-produced and co-written by Dario Argentoand directed by Argentoprotégé Michele Soavi,THE CHURCHmakes itsU.S. Blu-ray debut remasteredwithahighdefinition transfer and containing a new interview with co-star Asia Argento.
THE CHURCHis set inpresent-day Germany in an elaborate medieval cathedral that was once the site of a massacre of a village of supposed devil-worshippers by a band of crusading knights. When the church’s new librarian (Tomas Arana,The Sect) breaks the seal of the building’s crypt, he releases a cabal of evil spirits that are contained beneath it. At the same time, the church's automated mechanisms are triggered, causingitsdoors to close and trapping everyone inside. The laws of reality soon collapse as a nightmare takes hold and claims the lives of those within one by one, threatening to unleash a supernatural pestilence upon the world!
THE CHURCHis Michelesecond directorial effort, following the 1987 slasherStage Fright, his directorial debut. Prior to directing his first feature,worked on Dario Argento’s films Tenebre ,PhenomenaandOpera, and on such noteworthy projects as LambertoBava’sABlade in the DarkandDemonsand Terry Gilliam’sThe Adventures of Baron Munchausen. WithTHE CHURCH(which was originally intended to be the third entry inBava’sDemonsseries), Soaviwas given an opportunity to fully explore his dreamy, stream-of-consciousness approach to the genre, complete with rich visuals, strong set pieces, and an overall creepy atmosphere. Soavivery quickly came to be considered a horror stylist in his own right.
THE CHURCHis also notable for itsevocative soundtrack, composed by the late, great progressive rock musician Keith Emerson, minimalist virtuoso Philip Glass, and the Italianprog-rock band Goblin, who previously collaborated with Argento on his films Suspiriaand Tenebre.
Doppelgänger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing will releaseTHE CHURCHon Blu-ray for the first time in the United States on March 20, 2018 (prebook February 13, 2018). The Blu-ray, which includes a new interview with actor Asia Argentoand original theatrical trailers, carries the suggested retail price of $24.95.
More information onTHE CHURCHcan be found on the DOPPELGÄNGER RELEASING website