Catacombs (1988 film)

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Directed by David Schmoeller
Produced by Hope Perello
Charles Band
Written by David Schmoeller
Starring Tim Van Patten
Ian Abercrombie
Laura Schaefer
Music by Pino Donaggio
Cinematography Sergio Salvati
Edited by Thomas Meshelski
Distributed by Columbia TriStar Home Video
Release date
  • May 14, 1988 (1988-05-14) (Cannes Film Festival)
  • March 24, 1993 (1993-03-24) (United States)
Running time
84 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Catacombs is a 1988 horror film about a haunted monastery. The film is produced for Empire Pictures, directed by David Schmoeller and stars Tim Van Patten.


In the 17th century, an order of monks in Italy capture and entomb a demon that has possessed a member of their group. 400 years later, school teacher Elizabeth Magrino (Laura Schaefer) visits the monastery in order to do some research. What she and the current monks do not realize is that the evil hiding within the catacombs has unwittingly been released.


The film was last officially completed film by Empire Pictures before the company was seized by Crédit Lyonnais for failure to pay on loans.[1] As a result, the film's release was delayed for 5 years. It was eventually given the new title Curse IV: The Ultimate Sacrifice by Columbia TriStar Home Video and released direct-to-video in 1993.[2]

On October 29, 2013, Scream Factory will release the film on DVD for the first time, along with Contamination 7, The Dungeonmaster and Cellar Dweller as part of the second volume of their Scream Factory All-Night Horror Marathon series. They later re-release the film with Cellar Dweller on a double-feature Blu-ray.



  1. ^ "The "Never Got Made" Files: David Schmoeller". Video Junkie. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Company Credits for Catacombs". Retrieved 2012-10-11. 

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