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La setta (1991)

Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  1 March 1991 (Italy)
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A spree of grisly murders is perpetrated in Frankfurt by a group of Satan worshippers. A school teacher almost runs over an old man with a box and takes him in. It's no accident that the ... See full summary »

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Miriam Kreisl
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Moebius Kelly
Mariangela Giordano ...
Kathryn (as Maria Angela Giordano)
Michel Adatte ...
Frank
Carla Cassola ...
Dr. Pernath
Angelika Maria Boeck ...
Claire Henri
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ...
Martin Romero
Niels Gullov ...
Mr. Henri
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Damon
Donald O'Brien ...
Justice Jonathan Ford
Yasmine Ussani ...
Samantha
Dario Casalini ...
Paolo Pranzo ...
Steven
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A spree of grisly murders is perpetrated in Frankfurt by a group of Satan worshippers. A school teacher almost runs over an old man with a box and takes him in. It's no accident that the old man has come into her life, and it quickly becomes apparent that he has plans for her, plans that involve a permanent future with the Satanic cult. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Satan has chosen his victims. The battle with evil has begun.

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One of the last good Italian horror films
3 September 2012 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

A woman is chosen to bear the son of Satan by a cult headed by a mysterious old traveller.

I find it pretty unfortunate to say the least that Michele Soavi last made a horror film way back in 1994. Unlike most of his Italian peers he seems to have bowed out on a high. With this film along with Stagefright, The Church and Cemetery Man, Soavi has a pretty impressive body of work. He was the premier Italian horror director from the period 1987-94. I can't say definitively why he never returned to the genre but needless to say he is a great loss.

Similar to his earlier movie The Church, The Sect was also produced and co-written by Dario Argento. Soavi was something of a protégé of the great man. This one shows the influence pretty clearly once again. It has stylish direction and inventive cinematography. It also benefits from a good score from Pino Donaggio. So its overall look and feel is pretty good, while it has some well-conceived locations such as the tree and the well. Soavi really comes into his element with the dream sequence and cult ceremony scenes. The dream sequence in particular is a bravura display of cinematic technique. It's surreal, weird and very memorable. It's the highlight of the movie for sure.

It has a decent enough cast that includes Herbert Lom as the mysterious old traveller, cult favourite Giovanni Lombardo Radice as the man who is chased in the underground with the human heart, while Jamie Lee-Curtis's sister Kelly leads the picture in the role of the teacher. It's by no means a faultless film; in fact it's probably the least good of Soavi's quartet of movies. It's probably a bit over long while its ending did seem very rushed and a bit unsatisfying. Nevertheless, it remains one of the very last good Italian horror films and like all Soavi films, is well worth catching.


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