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Initial post: 30 Jul 2014 13:50:32 BDT
Post Soviet says:
Watched this I think around mid eighties, so movie might be released end of 70s - first half eighties. All I can remember is story about some church, something going on under the church (hell gates??), and elderly doomed priest. Haunting three notes score. Might be Italian.

It's not The Church, nor (just checked) The Other Hell.

Posted on 30 Jul 2014 19:39:19 BDT
Could be "Catacombs" recently released in a four film collection - Scream Factory All Night Horror Movie Marathon 2 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] you should check it out whether you think I'm right or not as a fiver for four films is a good deal. Catacombs is pretty good, Contamination.7 is enjoyable, Cellar Dweller is fun enough and Dungeonmaster... well for all the things I could say its good daft fun for a once over.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2014 07:30:54 BDT
Post Soviet says:
Yes, it could be. Thanks, after getting it I'll let you know. So far I have found on these forums all missing/forgotten (two I think) films, like - Assault (British 70s thriller) and Mausoleum (cheesy 80s horror).

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jul 2014 18:10:17 BDT
I found Aussie slasher "Dangerous Game" once here, hadn't seen it since childhood so that was pretty cool, can't believe someone knew what I was talking about as I've never talked to anyone in real life who knew what it was, really hope "Catacombs" is the film you're looking for but if it isn't you'll still be getting value for money and some decent entertainment.

Posted on 31 Jul 2014 18:31:38 BDT
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Posted on 27 Sep 2014 20:25:30 BDT
Neal Vincent says:
Sounds like one of Lucio Fulci's films to me - most likely "City of the Living Dead" (1980).

That film certainly involves a doomed priest (more middle-aged than elderly, though) who hangs himself in the churchyard at the beginning of the film but (IIRC) reappears later-on as a sort of undead. It's the suicide of the priest in the church grounds that causes a "Gate to Hell" to open.

There are a couple of difficult-to-forget scenes in that film which might jog your memory: one involving an awful lot of intestines emerging from someone's mouth, and the other involving an extremely unfortunate head / drillbit juxtaposition.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2014 23:19:14 BDT
Post Soviet says:
Thanks for response Neal, but Fulci's films are too memorable to forget I'm afraid. Yeah, amateurish lobotomy procedure, happy memories...

Posted on 1 Oct 2014 17:48:41 BDT
McAvennie8 says:
Dark Waters with Jennifer Salter ?.

Posted on 1 Oct 2014 18:59:03 BDT
Neal Vincent says:
Kind of determined to solve this now, because it sounds so familiar and it's going to bug me until it's settled :)

Just to tick off the "obvious" ones that seem to fit the description...

It's not John Carpenter's "Prince of Darkness" (1987) is it? Elderly doomed priest, check. Gate to Hell type goings-on under a church, check. Haunting minimalist score, check.

Big canister of green goo in the basement of a church, a brotherhood of priests who've been receiving communications in their dreams for hundreds of years and guarding the canister thing, a team of university students attempting to gather solid scientific evidence of the paranormal activity, and the Big Bad lurking on the other side of mirrors.

Posted on 4 Oct 2014 11:18:13 BDT
Post Soviet says:
nope. nope. still looking... with a sense of guilt hving involved a few hundred people in process...

Posted on 4 Oct 2014 17:24:36 BDT
Neal Vincent says:
No need to feel guilty - these things are kinda fun, to be honest ;-)

OK... Maybe there are some more details that can be wrung out of your memory? I know you said it was a long time ago, but there are always things that you might've considered too obvious to mention but for the rest of us might be the key to narrowing it down.

For example, when you say a "church" was that church in a city setting or a country setting? Was the film itself set in the modern era, or was it a period-piece set in the past? Any further details on the priest, i.e. was he a black guy or white guy, hair colour, etc? Doomed how? Any recollections as to what kind of form this "hell gate" took?

I'm presuming the film was in colour, not black & white? And what makes you think it might have been Italian - dubbing, maybe, or a gleeful disregard for narrative coherence?

Any additional images that you can recall - no matter how minor - might help pin it down.

Posted on 4 Oct 2014 19:09:42 BDT
McAvennie8 says:
Hell's Gate. Umberto Lenzi?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2014 11:11:18 BDT
Post Soviet says:
hmm... gotta do little research. thanks for now!
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