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Desecration (1999)

Unrated | | Drama, Horror
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.


Dante Tomaselli


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Credited cast:
Irma St. Paule ... Grandma Matilda
Christie Sanford ... Sister Madeline / Mary Rullo
Danny Lopes ... Bobby Rullo
Salvatore Paul Piro Salvatore Paul Piro ... Mr. Rullo
Vincent Lamberti Vincent Lamberti ... Brother Nicolas
Maureen Tomaselli Maureen Tomaselli ... Sister Rosemary
Gene Burke Gene Burke ... Father O'Leary
Ruth Ray Ruth Ray ... Reverend Mother
Helen Palladino Helen Palladino ... Mrs. Cannizzaro
Garret Montanez Garret Montanez ... 4 year-old Bobby
Nora Maher ... Sister Rita
Mark Mamone Mark Mamone ... Sean
Mary Fassino Mary Fassino ... Sister Veronica
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elena Christiana Elena Christiana ... Paramedic
Rocco Spinelli Rocco Spinelli ... Bishop


"Desecration" is a psychological chiller about a beyond-the-grave relationship between a teenage boy and his long-dead mother. Bobby, a 16-year-old loner, has been emotionally damaged by his mother's early death and a repressive Catholic upbringing. The boy accidentally causes a nun's death, triggering a chain of supernatural events and violent mayhem that leads Bobby into Hell to confront his mother. Powerful childhood demons are exorcised and unleashed as the gates of Hell open in this gripping, hallucinatory film. Written by www.image-entertainment.com

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You Will Burn in Hell...


Drama | Horror








Filming Locations:

Bedminster, New Jersey, USA See more »


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$150,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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References Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) See more »

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This is just a lousy movie anyway you look at it.
2 February 2004 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I've got a particular interest in low budget film making, especially if it deals with "the fantastic", horror or otherwise, so I was looking forward to seeing 'Desecration'. Some of the greatest horror movies of all time have been low budget and shot guerrilla style - 'Carnival Of Souls', 'Night Of The Living Dead', 'The Last House On The Left', 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre', and 'Eraserhead' all immediately spring to mind - and directors like Jess Franco and Coffin Joe have made some amazingly imaginative and original movies on very little money. Low budget film making can be a real acid test for an aspiring director. Unfortunately going by 'Desecration' Dante Tomaselli fails that test. This is just a lousy movie anyway you look at it. Much is made of the "miniscule" budget. I'm sorry but $150,000 is far from miniscule! Robert Rodriguez's brilliant action movie 'El Mariachi' only cost $7,000! Closer to home Darren Aronofsky's 'Pi' was released the year before this and that only cost $60,000. Now 'Pi' isn't technically a horror movie true, but it's much more original and disturbing than 'Desecration', it looks brilliant visually and it features some great acting to boot. So what gives? I haven't seen Tomaselli's subsequent movie 'Horror'. Maybe I'm wrong and he really does have talent and that movie will blow my mind, but honestly, after snoozing through 'Desecration' I'm in no hurry to find out!

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