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Sixteen year-old Bobby is emotionally damaged by his mother's early death. He accidentally causes a nun's death, unleashing a chain of supernatural events that lead him into the pits of Hell. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Irma St. Paule ... Grandma Matilda

Christie Sanford ... Sister Madeline / Mary Rullo

Danny Lopes ... Bobby Rullo
Salvatore Paul Piro ... Mr. Rullo
Vincent Lamberti ... Brother Nicolas
Maureen Tomaselli ... Sister Rosemary
Gene Burke ... Father O'Leary
Ruth Ray ... Reverend Mother
Helen Palladino ... Mrs. Cannizzaro
Garret Montanez ... 4 year-old Bobby
Nora Maher ... Sister Rita
Mark Mamone ... Sean
Mary Fassino ... Sister Veronica
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elena Christiana ... Paramedic
Rocco Spinelli ... Bishop
Donna Taylor ... Nun
Laurel Kornfeld ... Nun (uncredited)

Directed by
Dante Tomaselli 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dante Tomaselli  writer

Produced by
Tony Rullis .... producer
Jack Swain .... producer
Dante Tomaselli .... producer
Original Music by
Dante Tomaselli 
Michael Tomaselli 
Cinematography by
Brendan Flynt 
Film Editing by
Marcus Bonilla 
Production Design by
Michele La Rocca 
Art Direction by
Michelle Lang 
Makeup Department
Lorrie Ann Dobbins .... hair stylist
Lorrie Ann Dobbins .... makeup artist
Hilary Friedberg .... additional makeup artist
Bogna Nasilowska .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Maria Tassiello .... production manager
Art Department
David Fooden .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
David R. Huber .... sound mixer
Jake Karlsmark .... sound mixer
Nadja Noon .... sound recordist
Nahja Noon .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Nicol Ardissone .... special effects modelmaker
Oliver Brigg .... special effects modelmaker
Oliver Brigg .... special effects supervisor
Tom Dedde .... special effects modelmaker
Glenn Hetrick .... special effects modelmaker (as Glen Hetrick)
Edward Salzano .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Sheldon Drake .... title designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Evan Meszaros .... grip
Music Department
John Califra .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Dayna E. Clark .... production coordinator


Additional Details

88 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Brother Nicolas:Here, take this.
Bobby Rullo:Where'd you get them?
Brother Nicolas:They're mine...It's Valium.
Bobby Rullo:Can priests take Valium?
Brother Nicolas:Priests can do many things.
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
An effectively unsettling, surreal, hallucinatory, and imaginative experience, 28 September 2001
Author: hippiedj from Palm Desert, California

I stumbled across Desecration quite by accident, finding the cover artwork captivating. The four paintings of a nun takes on a Lovecraftian feel and the viewer should get a good idea that the horror film contained inside will be more of a cerebral experience than a direct Hollywood one. I liked that clue, because I was in a mindset to see something very different. I wasn't disappointed!

There are so many words that went through my mind watching this tale of a boy struggling to figure out what is happening around him at a catholic school and the accidental death of a nun: Unsettling, surreal, hallucinatory, atmospheric, disturbing, eerie....words that wound up being on the DVDs back cover in quotes and film summary! (I never read the summaries or critical quotes before a viewing so I can come up with my own idea of the film first) One thing is for sure, the viewer will be left with a deep sense of unease. I found myself sitting back for a while, thinking some of the opening was a bit low budget (fog and mist tends to come from a specific point off camera), then part of the way through I was sitting up, then leaning forward by the end of the film, entranced.

There are no direct answers to the story, as Bobby and even his grandmother find that they cannot do much about the supernatural goings-on since they are not sure what is real or not. This is apparent as the grandmother asks a couple times "What do I do NOW?...." but the occurrences seem to throw her off every time. Bobby can't tell if he is dreaming half the time and winds up running away, only to be faced at every turn by a nun that has the most creepy expression. Be careful to take a good look at the nun who is accidentally killed in the film's opening...she seems to have an eerie resemblance to Bobby's dead mother. A scene where Bobby's father and grandmother pass the nun on a road really creeped me out!

Writer/director Dante Tomaselli seemed to have a lot going on creatively for the film's story and visuals. What the film may lack technically because of budget limitations it more than makes up for in ambition and style. Much of the film could easily be made into stills that would hold up on their own as bizarre paintings--the sequence in which earth and plants take over Bobby's room seem to be inspired by Dali (who's name appears in the thank-you's in the end credits). The use of clowns together with nuns as horrifying creatures is a wonderful blend.

The creative process for Desecration is one I'd love to learn more about, as Tomaselli thanks people such as Marc Almond, Ric Ocasek, Laurie Anderson, Martin Gore, and Dario Argento in the credits. One big mention in the opening credits is a "special thanks to Alfred Sole," director of Alice, Sweet Alice (aka Communion). After watching Desecration I was hungry to find out how these artists influenced Tomaselli.

This is definitely not an easy film to experience. The story keeps jumping from one weird scene to another and the ending just APPEARS right when you think something might happen to explain more. All I can gather is that when someone wants to get out of Hell that person will do practically anything! This is not standard horror fare for people looking for cheap and fast thrills, it's a psychological challenge and worth the 88-minute hold it will have on you!

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