A lonely kindergarten teacher discovers a secret well in the basement of her house, and soon finds herself being followed by a murderous Satanic cult.


Michele Soavi


Dario Argento, Gianni Romoli (as Giovanni Romoli) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Curtis ... Miriam Kreisl
Herbert Lom ... Moebius Kelly
Mariangela Giordano ... Kathryn (as Maria Angela Giordano)
Michel Adatte Michel Adatte ... Frank
Carla Cassola Carla Cassola ... Dr. Pernath
Angelika Maria Boeck Angelika Maria Boeck ... Claire Henri
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ... Martin Romero
Niels Gullov Niels Gullov ... Mr. Henri
Tomas Arana ... Damon
Donald O'Brien ... Justice Jonathan Ford
Yasmine Ussani Yasmine Ussani ... Samantha
Dario Casalini Dario Casalini ... Mark
Paolo Pranzo Paolo Pranzo ... Steven
Richard Sammel ... Truck Driver
Ralph Bola Mustapha Ralph Bola Mustapha ... Second Truck Driver


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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In addition to naming a character Romero after George A. Romero, this character's first name is Martin. "Martin" is an earlier George A. Romero film. See more »


Miriam is supposed to live outside of Frankfurt, Hesse. In The end, the fire truck's license plate shows "F" for Frankfurt - but the policemen on site wear Bavarian uniforms (which is around 50-60km away). See more »


References The Shining (1980) See more »


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Painfully boring...
22 August 2020 | by markovd111See all my reviews

Soavi's "StageFright" is one of the best Italian horror movies ever made, so I'm amazed how I'm constantly disappointed in the rest of this man's work. This movie suffers from the same problems his other movie "The Church" does and that's weak characters, horrible pacing and plot that tries too much but fails to have any impact on the viewer whatsoever. Dario Argento was involved, but he only adds red and blue with which he slaps you, hoping it's good enough to call the movie a piece of art. Well, surprise, it isn't enough. I was literally cheering for the movie to end as it was approaching it's ending. We aren't even awarded with something for lasting through this barely less than a two hours ride other than some nice camerawork and some interesting imagery. There is no nice nudity, cool chase scenes or gore. There's nothing. Only some cheap jump scares. "The Sect" is a flawed movie which isn't worth your time and nothing can save it. Even Herbert Lom, who is criminally underused given the role he was given, since anybody could act like that. 5/10! Even to my fellow horror movie fans I say: "Avoid it if you can."

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Release Date:

1 March 1991 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil's Daughter See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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ADC Films, Penta Film See more »
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1.85 : 1
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