It’s Sunday, a day for religion. A day to go to church. Although before you go, do me a favor? Make sure it’s not a church built upon a hidden mass grave holding the remnants of a Knight’s Templar slaughter of supposedly-possessed villagers. Okay? Otherwise you’ll run into the same issues as the trapped victims of Michele Soavi’s awesome movie The Church. With the slew of religious films coming out in the last few years, it’s made me wistful for some of the insane ones I remember from years’ past. Oh hell, who am I kidding? I love religious horror flicks all the time. Old churches, brutal histories, ancient mythologies, atrocities committed in the name of God left and right. This is prime horror material. And the one movie from the late 80’s that has always stuck with me is The Church, or La Chiesa as it was originally called. Co-written and produced by Dario Argento, it definitely has his stamp on it, but trust me, this is its own animal. The premise is basically what I said at the beginning about the church built over a mass grave, only what I didn’t talk about was how the evil from within the grave is released and starts to possess everyone within. Here’s the deal with this movie, and a lot of Italian movies of the 70s and 80’s. The acting is usually… not super. The dubbing is sometimes so bad it’s distracting. There are plotholes you can drive a semi through. But guess what, none of that matters because the visuals and subject material is so damn phenomenal. When the shit hits the fan in this movie, it hits the fan hardcore. People start getting possessed and dying in such brutal and original ways. Plus, it has some of the most insane visuals I’ve ever seen… From snake-men to goat demons to a disturbing pillar of fused writhing bodies emerging from the ground (one of my favorite images I’ve ever seen). There honestly are so many things that you just won’t see anywhere else. This movie GOES for it. Did I mention that said goat demon has a full-on sex scene? Yep, that happens. Plus, you’ve got a young Asia Argento, Dario’s daughter (and someone that’s been in the news a lot lately), in one of her earliest roles. Trust me on this one. Forgive its shortcomings and dive all the way in to The Church’s insane waters. The one-of-a-kind imagery is worth every second.