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In typical Creator/DarioArgento style, the film is short on story and script but big on set pieces and visuals and gore and naked women having sex with demons and [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Goblin]].

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In typical Creator/DarioArgento style, the film is short on story and script but big on set pieces and visuals and gore and naked women having sex with demons and [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Goblin]].


Fast forward to TheEighties when Evan, a newly hired librarian becomes uncovers the churches past and unwittingly [[NiceJobBreakingItHero breaks the seal]] and [[SealedEvilInACan releases the vengeful spirits]] of the slain villagers. The Demonic possesssion or 'contagion' as it is referred to spreads like the common cold and soon, a switch is hit that seals the evil inside. Sadly, a wedding party who show up half way through the movie are trapped inside the Church with demonic spirits.

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Fast forward to TheEighties when Evan, a newly hired librarian becomes uncovers the churches church's past and unwittingly [[NiceJobBreakingItHero breaks the seal]] and [[SealedEvilInACan releases the vengeful spirits]] of the slain villagers. The Demonic possesssion or 'contagion' as it is referred to spreads like the common cold and soon, a switch is hit that seals the evil inside. Sadly, a wedding party who show up half way through the movie are trapped inside the Church with demonic spirits.


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* BlackComedy: The grumpy Heinrich and his wife go up to the bell tower, and when the wife sees that there's no rope to pull to ring the bell, [[spoiler:[[RefugeInAudacity she uses his severed head]].]]



* RefugeInAudacity: The grumpy Heinrich and his wife go up to the bell tower, and when the wife sees that there's no rope to pull to ring the bell, [[spoiler:she uses his severed head.]]
* ReligiousHorror: Well, for starters, it's set in a (literally and figuratively) CorruptChurch inhabited by demons.


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* ReligiousHorror: Well, for starters, it's set in a (literally and figuratively) CorruptChurch inhabited by demons.



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In typical Creator/DarioArgento style, the film is short on story and script but big on set pieces and visuals and gore and naked woman having sex with demons and [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Goblin]].

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In typical Creator/DarioArgento style, the film is short on story and script but big on set pieces and visuals and gore and naked woman women having sex with demons and [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Goblin]].



* ColdBloodedTorture: [[spoiler: The Architect who designed the Church is tied to a rack and is implied to have been tortured by the monks.]]

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* ColdBloodedTorture: [[spoiler: The Architect who designed the Church is tied to a rack and is implied to have been tortured by the monks.Teutonic Knights.]]



* DarkIsNotEvil: Subverted with [[spoiler:the bishop, who is often seen wearing a black hood and talking about the Devil. He comes off as grumpy at best, but not necessarily a bad guy. That is, until he reveals his plan to allow the plague to be unleashed upon the city. Ironically, he's wearing [[LightIsNotGood Teutonic Knight garb]] in that scene.]]

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* DarkIsNotEvil: Subverted with [[spoiler:the bishop, who is often seen wearing a black hood and talking about the Devil. He comes off as grumpy at best, but not necessarily a bad guy. That is, until he reveals his plan to allow the plague to be unleashed upon the city. Ironically, he's wearing a [[LightIsNotGood Teutonic Knight garb]] in that scene.]]



* KnightTemplar: First off, there's the Teutonic Knights, who were shown to be utterly ruthless, [[AxCrazy killing unarmed villagers who don't do anything to fight back]], and even burying one of their own men amongst the corpses of the villagers. [[spoiler:Second, there's the bishop, who wants the demonic plague to be unleashed upon the city, and [[OmnicidalManiac presumably the world,]] [[MisanthropeSupreme which he deems as profane]].]]

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* KnightTemplar: First off, there's the Teutonic Knights, who were shown to be superstitious and utterly ruthless, [[AxCrazy killing unarmed villagers who don't do anything to fight back]], and even burying one of their own men amongst the corpses of the villagers. [[spoiler:Second, [[spoiler:It's later revealed that they killed the architect that built the Church because they saw him as an alchemist. Second, there's the bishop, who wants the demonic plague to be unleashed upon the city, and [[OmnicidalManiac presumably the world,]] [[MisanthropeSupreme which he deems as profane]].]]



* MalevolentArchitecture: The church was built upon a mass grave of villagers

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* MalevolentArchitecture: The church was built upon a mass grave of villagers and is inhabited by their



* ReligiousHorror: Well, for starters, it's set in a (literally and figuratively) CorruptChurch, and involves demons.

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* ReligiousHorror: Well, for starters, it's set in a (literally and figuratively) CorruptChurch, and involves CorruptChurch inhabited by demons.



* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Different in that they take the form of hallucinations and apparitions.

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* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Different in that they take the form of hallucinations and apparitions.apparitions, and can assume their true form while inhabiting a human body.



%%* SealedEvilInACan

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%%* SealedEvilInACan* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler:The ghosts of the villagers are buried far beneath the church.]]


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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:After he built the Church, the architect is tortured and left to die with the mechanism to destroy it inside his mouth.]]


* AbusiveParents: Lotte's father, Herman, was implied to be abusive to his daughter, primarily because he shelters her from what he sees as a CrapsackWorld.

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* AbusiveParents: Lotte's father, Herman, was implied to be abusive to his daughter, primarily because he shelters sheltering her from what he sees as a CrapsackWorld.



* CorruptChurch: A literal example, in that the titular church is corrupted by the evil that resides within it. Although [[spoiler:the Bishop]] is a pretty nasty person, too.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Subverted with [[spoiler:the bishop, who is often seen wearing a black hood and talking about the Devil. He comes off as grumpy at best, but not necessarily a bad guy. That is, until he reveals his plan to allow the plague to be unleashed upon the city. Ironically, he's [[LightIsNotGood wearing white]] in that scene.]]

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* CorruptChurch: A literal example, in that the titular church is corrupted by the evil that resides within it. Although [[spoiler:the Bishop]] bishop]] is a pretty nasty person, too.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Subverted with [[spoiler:the bishop, who is often seen wearing a black hood and talking about the Devil. He comes off as grumpy at best, but not necessarily a bad guy. That is, until he reveals his plan to allow the plague to be unleashed upon the city. Ironically, he's wearing [[LightIsNotGood wearing white]] Teutonic Knight garb]] in that scene.]]



* KnightTemplar: [[spoiler:The bishop wants the plague to be unleashed upon the city, and [[OmnicidalManiac presumably the world,]] [[MisanthropeSupreme which he deems as profane]].]]

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* KnightTemplar: [[spoiler:The bishop First off, there's the Teutonic Knights, who were shown to be utterly ruthless, [[AxCrazy killing unarmed villagers who don't do anything to fight back]], and even burying one of their own men amongst the corpses of the villagers. [[spoiler:Second, there's the bishop, who wants the demonic plague to be unleashed upon the city, and [[OmnicidalManiac presumably the world,]] [[MisanthropeSupreme which he deems as profane]].]]



* ReligiousHorror: For starters, it takes place in a CorruptChurch, involves demons,

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* RefugeInAudacity: The grumpy Heinrich and his wife go up to the bell tower, and when the wife sees that there's no rope to pull to ring the bell, [[spoiler:she uses his severed head.]]
* ReligiousHorror: For Well, for starters, it takes place it's set in a (literally and figuratively) CorruptChurch, and involves demons, demons.


* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler:Possessed!Evan tries to rape Lisa, although he succeeds later on.]]



%%* ColdBloodedTorture: What happens to [[spoiler: the Architect who designed the Church.]]

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%%* * ColdBloodedTorture: What happens to [[spoiler: the The Architect who designed the Church.Church is tied to a rack and is implied to have been tortured by the monks.]]



* DarkIsNotEvil: Subverted with [[spoiler:the bishop, who is often seen wearing a black hood and talking about the Devil. He comes off as grumpy at best, but not necessarily a bad guy. That is, until he reveals his plan to allow the plague to be unleashed upon the city. Ironically, he's [[LightIsNotGood wearing white]] in that scene.]]



* KnightTemplar: [[spoiler:The Bishop wants the plague to be unleashed upon the city, and [[OmnicidalManiac presumably the world,]] [[MisanthropeSupreme which he deems as profane]].]]

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* KnightTemplar: [[spoiler:The Bishop bishop wants the plague to be unleashed upon the city, and [[OmnicidalManiac presumably the world,]] [[MisanthropeSupreme which he deems as profane]].]]


%%* AbusiveParents: Lotte's father

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%%* * AbusiveParents: Lotte's fatherfather, Herman, was implied to be abusive to his daughter, primarily because he shelters her from what he sees as a CrapsackWorld.



%%* CorruptChurch: The actual building itself, not the people who run it.

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%%* * CorruptChurch: The actual building itself, not A literal example, in that the people who run it.titular church is corrupted by the evil that resides within it. Although [[spoiler:the Bishop]] is a pretty nasty person, too.



%%* KnightTemplar

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%%* KnightTemplar* KnightTemplar: [[spoiler:The Bishop wants the plague to be unleashed upon the city, and [[OmnicidalManiac presumably the world,]] [[MisanthropeSupreme which he deems as profane]].]]



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The movie becomes this when the wedding party shows up.
* MadnessMantra: Evan at his typewriter types '6' over and over.
%%* MalevolentArchitecture

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The movie becomes this when the wedding party and shows up.
* MadnessMantra: Evan at his typewriter types '6' [[NumberOfTheBeast "6"]] over and over.
%%* MalevolentArchitecture* MalevolentArchitecture: The church was built upon a mass grave of villagers



* ReligiousHorror: Baphomet shows up at one point, who is a pagan deity.
* OnlySaneMan: Father Gus is one of the only one not possessed near the end.

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* ReligiousHorror: Baphomet shows up at one point, who is For starters, it takes place in a pagan deity.
CorruptChurch, involves demons,
* OneWingedAngel: Some of the possessed take a more demonic form.
* OnlySaneMan: Father Gus is one of the only one not possessed (or a KnightTemplar) near the end.



* SevenDeadlySins: Some of the ways the characters are enticed to either get into their head or outright kill themselves by the ghosts such as [[spoiler:the Bride clawing her skin off her face because he thinks she's an old woman]] or the biker thinking his girlfriend is making out with a demon.

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* SevenDeadlySins: Some of the ways the characters are enticed to either get into their head or outright kill themselves by the ghosts such as [[spoiler:the Bride clawing her skin off her face because he she thinks she's an old woman]] or the biker thinking his girlfriend is making out with a demon.


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* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Possessed!Evan tries to kill Lotte, who's played by Asia Argento when she was in her early teens.]]


* TheWormThatWalks: [[spoiler:The ghosts of the slain villagers form an apparition of writing mud covered naked bodies in a mass.]]

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* TheWormThatWalks: [[spoiler:The ghosts of the slain villagers form an apparition made from a mass of writing mud covered writhing mud-covered naked bodies in a mass.bodies.]]


%%* KnightsTemplar

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%%* KnightsTemplarKnightTemplar


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* AbusiveParents: Lotte's father
* BadassBookworm: Evan
* ColdBloodedTorture: What happens to [[spoiler: the Architect who designed the Church.]]
* CorruptChurch: The actual building itself, not the people who run it.

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* %%* AbusiveParents: Lotte's father
* %%* BadassBookworm: Evan
* %%* ColdBloodedTorture: What happens to [[spoiler: the Architect who designed the Church.]]
* %%* CorruptChurch: The actual building itself, not the people who run it.



* DemonicPossession: And how.

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* %%* DemonicPossession: And how.



* GoMadFromTheRevelation: The Bishop

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* %%* GoMadFromTheRevelation: The Bishop



* KnightsTemplar
* LightIsNotGood

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* %%* KnightsTemplar
* %%* LightIsNotGood



* MalevolentArchitecture
* NightmareFetishist: Evan
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler:Lotte, at least it is implied]]

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* %%* MalevolentArchitecture
* %%* NightmareFetishist: Evan
* %%* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler:Lotte, at least it is implied]]



* TheRenfield: Lotte's Father
* SealedEvilInACan

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* %%* TheRenfield: Lotte's Father
* %%* SealedEvilInACan


'''''The Church''''' or '''''La Chiesa''''' is a 1989 Italian horror film written and produced by Creator/DarioArgento and directed by Michele Soavi.

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'''''The Church''''' ''The Church'' or '''''La Chiesa''''' ''La Chiesa'' is a 1989 Italian horror film written and produced by Creator/DarioArgento and directed by Michele Soavi.


In TheMiddleAges a village of accused heretics and witches are slaughtered by the [[TheKnightsTemplar Teutonic Knights]]. The bodies are buried in a hole and a church is built on top of the burial site to contain the evil spirits.

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In TheMiddleAges a village of accused heretics and witches are slaughtered by the [[TheKnightsTemplar Teutonic Knights]].UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights. The bodies are buried in a hole and a church is built on top of the burial site to contain the evil spirits.


'''''The Church''''' or '''''La Chiesa''''' is a 1989 Italian horror film written and produced by DarioArgento and directed by Michele Soavi.

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'''''The Church''''' or '''''La Chiesa''''' is a 1989 Italian horror film written and produced by DarioArgento Creator/DarioArgento and directed by Michele Soavi.



In typical DarioArgento style, the film is short on story and script but big on set pieces and visuals and gore and naked woman having sex with demons and [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Goblin]].

Dario Argento's daughter Creator/AsiaArgento also plays a pivotal character.

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In typical DarioArgento Creator/DarioArgento style, the film is short on story and script but big on set pieces and visuals and gore and naked woman having sex with demons and [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Goblin]].

Dario Argento's Creator/DarioArgento's daughter Creator/AsiaArgento also plays a pivotal character.



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