Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Irma St. Paule, Christie Sanford, Danny Lopes, Salvatore Paul Piro, Vincent Lamberti
Director: Dante Tomaselli
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Writer/director Dante Tomaselli's atmospheric and terrorizing first feature film. One of the most original horror films in recent years, "Desecration" is an eerily dazzling and genuinely frightening psychological chiller a... more »
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Robert B. (rbrown) from STARKVILLE, MS
Reviewed on 1/31/2009...
Awful, awful film that inexplicably garnered some favorable reviews on the fanboy sites. Bobby accidentally kills a nun at his Catholic school, unleashing some sort of malevolent force that causes much havoc. Interesting visuals and camerawork cannot make up for the fact that this is a long string of setpieces without any frame to put them in. The film seems to be striving for a PHANTASM-esque vibe, but the difference between the two films is that PHANTASM was fun, and it at least offered some sort of explanation for all the strange events, wonky as that explanation was. This just hammers the viewer with all sorts of weirdness, then ends. I did, however, learn the important fact that nuns need exercise, too. To make the viewing of this film bearable, I suggest a drinking game: every time Matilda, Bobby's grandmother, genuflects, take a shot. You'll be drunk in no time, thus mitigating somewhat the torture of sitting through this movie.
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
An outstanding homage to Euro-horror of the 1970s
hippiedj | Palm Desert, CA USA | 12/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have a feeling that as soon as more people are exposed to Tomaselli's second feature "Horror," they'll be scrambling to get a copy of "Desecration" and sales for that will suddenly go up. It's a good feeling to be one of the first fans of this film.Those weened on "Scream"-influenced comedy/horror/pop soundtrack films will not find anything redeeming with this film, as it is very much a cerebral study. It is the only film in many years that has come anywhere close to capturing the style and mystery of the great 1970s Italian horror films in the vein of Bava and Argento. If you love that, then you won't mind that the plot is not easily played out and that you have to use your mind a bit to get through the story.A boy in a Catholic school accidentally kills a nun, and it either opens the gate to hell or he's plagued with guilt -- have fun figuring it out -- what follows is 88 minutes of hallucinatory images, scary nuns (the main ghoul still gives me extreme creeps), and a great score. Seems when someone wants to get out of Hell, that person would do just about anything! Sure, there are many low-budget things that those who enjoy "teen" fare will gripe about (most likely they'll whine about Irma St. Paule's hacking cough throughout the film or the death by remote control plane). I had no problem with the film's budget limitations, as Tomaselli is quite a visionary and makes up for any flaws with an abundance of ambition, style, and originality even when giving a nod to his influences. It's rare for me to be so excited by a discovery such as "Desecration," and I urge those with open minds to see why, in general, reviews from the press as well as lovers of obscure cinema are raving about this gem.I first got "Desecration" when it was higher-priced, and did not regret it. Now that the price is extremely low, you'll find that this DVD is a great bargain! My only complaint is that we get just an excerpt of the short film this was based on. Maybe someday if its cult status grows, we'll be treated to a special edition with commentary and more. Until then, I cherish this film as it's a treat with each additional viewing. Dane Tomaselli is a director to watch for, he's going to be revolutionizing horror and giving it new life, you can bet on it!This relatively unknown film ranks among one of my favorites. "Desecration" is truly a film done by a gifted talent and is for those who love surreal and imaginative storytelling!"
Jeffrey Leach | 06/11/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The biggest mystery is how many people (based on reviews here) seemingly enjoyed this poorly-directed, amateurish film. Trust me - rent this one before you even think about buying it. Better yet, forget about it completely. It's not frightening and it's definitely not comparable to Suspiria just because there's a few (pointless) scenes with red gel on smoke."
Not that shocking or haunting...
John K | 03/02/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Reading all the hype regarding this low budget horror film, I expected a film 10 times more creepy than the Britain made Woman in Black DVD. (Which was creepy, shocking and wonderful) Instead I watched a horror film that had some really great moments (faceless nuns wondering around...demon clowns teasing and taunting), but some really "ho-hum" moments too. (The toy plane scene was ridiculous as were several scenes that went nowhere.) The acting is mostly atrocious. The good points did not overcome the bad ones so this one gets a big fat "C"."