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Curse IV: The Ultimate Sacrifice

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Curse IV: The Ultimate Sacrifice

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Laura Schaefer, Timothy Van Patten, Ian Abercrombie
director:
David Schmoeller
genre:
Horror

We gave it a B+

No one expects art from a title like Curse IV: The Ultimate Sacrifice, but what sounds like the ultimate sleaze is actually a film of considerable intensity and beauty. Director David Schmoeller (Puppet Master) takes a penny-dreadful tale of a demon trapped beneath an Italian monastery and infuses it with potent images of decay and Catholic dread. Hypnotic camera work, alternately graceful and delirious, captures a real state of spiritual anxiety as questions of doubt and faith hauntingly arise like unavoidable, noxious vapors. (Consumer alert: This film was previously released on videocassette as Catacombs.) B+

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