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The Church

Released 1990
Distributor South Gate Entertainment

Visionary Italian director Michele Soavi helmed this unique monster-fest five years before the release of his signature work, the apocalyptic Dellamorte Dellamore. The 1989 chiller finds a group of explorers trapped inside a demon-infested church rigged with devilish Rube Goldberg-like contraptions set to ensnare any unsuspecting trespassers. Feodor Chaliapin Jr., son of the opera-singing star of Pabst’s Don Quixote, has a supporting role as a bishop.

About Ernest Dickerson

In the tradition of Mario Bava and Jack Cardiff, Ernest Dickerson is an Emmy and Peabody-award winning film and television veteran. The NYU grad photographed many films for director Spike Lee, including Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Mo' Better Blues and Malcolm X. In 1992 he made his feature directorial debut with Juice and has been working steadily ever since with credits like Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight, Bulletproof, Bones and Never Die Alone. Dickerson's acclaimed TV work includes AMC's The Walking Dead and Low Winter Sun, Showtime's Dexter, and HBO's The Wire and Treme, for which he won a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Director.