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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.

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Dante Tomaselli

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Dante Tomaselli
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Credited cast:
Irma St. Paule 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
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"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...

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Drama | Horror

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Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Filming Locations:

Bedminster, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

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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Fantastic visuals… but lacks a coherent story
11 January 2006 | by TelevisionJunkieSee all my reviews

Tomaselli obviously has a flair for creating eye candy. Although a few of the effects in this film are hokey and ultra-low-budget (the model plane, the scissors), the majority of the visuals are fantastic – reminiscent of many Euro-shockers and the first "Evil Dead." However, what the film lacks is a coherent story. I'm not a moviegoer who needs everything spelled out – "Black Christmas," for example, was creepy because we barely see the killer, let alone find out his motivation. "Donnie Darko" remains an enigma even to the writer/director. "Burnt Offerings" leaves you to decide exactly what happened in the house. But at least the aforementioned have some sense of logic.

The principle story here is about a boy who's dragged to Hell by his dead mother as she attempts to escape. Or so they say. However, nothing that happens within the film justifies that plot line – and it all completely lacks logic. If Tomaselli had ended the film in the traditional Hollywood "it was all a dream" way, perhaps I could forgive the film for lacking sense. As is, it feels like an overlong student film.

The acting is horrendous all around, with the exception of the boy who plays Bobby. The old lady (who can't act, but I've seen in a slew of films) is annoying and, unfortunately, has the dominant part. The few male actors all sound like they're reading off cue cards, and then there's the nuns – but if you can't say something nice….

The DVD ends with an "excerpt from the original short film" on which this movie was based. I don't understand why it's not the complete film (the provided scene is exceptional) nor is there a commentary or any other extras. Enigmatic films such as this ALWAYS benefit from commentaries.

Those seeking something out of the norm might enjoy this, as well as stoner horror buffs. All others, avoid it.


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