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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.Read more ›
The story focuses on Bobby, a lonely teenager attending a live-in Catholic school somewhere in New Jersey or New York (it's gotta be one of the two after hearing those accents). The kid's life is a mess, partly due to the oppressive atmosphere of the school and partly due to growing up in a household where the mother had a serious mental problem. Bobby's mother died years ago, apparently, and the only family he has left is his aging Italian grandmother and an uncle. His life begins a huge downward spiral when he accidentally kills a nun with his remote controlled airplane.Read more ›
There really isn't much plot to describe. What I do know is that a boy called Bobby is currently attending a religeous school, and his life is blighted by two tragedies. First was the loss of his mother at an early age, and more recently his accidental killing of a nun by his out of control model aircraft which flies into her face, killing her outright (!). But from this early promising start, the film almost immediately gets lost in constant and unexplained "surreal" imagery. The young boy is haunted and hounded by apparitions of the dead nun, and the rest of the school is similarly troubled, as other nuns start to experience various paranormal manifestations, including one quite startling sequence (probably the one most people are going to remember) in which a nun is attacked by a floating pair of scissors. Bobby starts suffering from vivid and macabre nightmares in which he is chased by clowns or attacked by the ghoulish dead nun or surrounded by evil sprouting plants. Some of them involve his dead mother, but why does she appear to be the same person as the nun who was killed by the model aeroplane?
This all looks very impressive on screen, but after about 60 minutes of such whacky imagery, it started to dawn on me that the film didn't really have a lot else to offer other than this.Read more ›
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Forgive me father...for I have sinned...I honestly watched DESECRATION.
I was SWINDLED into seeing this as I am an ADMIRER of Dario argento... Read more
Dante Tomaselli's debut horror haunting flick is a fresh bite to the horror genre...I recommend it strongly for any horror fansPublished on September 22, 2011 by alexis dragby
Desecration (Dante Tomaselli, 1999)
Desecration, Dante Tomaselli's first film, lacked anything approaching a rational budget for a movie, and, most of the time, also... Read more
I thought this was a very interesting show when I saw back a few years.Saw it again a fews back and even enjoyed better than I remembered. Read morePublished on June 11, 2006 by whitewolf
From what I understand, Dante Tomaselli is being considered for directing the new "Halloween 9". I believe that a big-budget horror movie in the hands of Dante Tomaselli could... Read morePublished on March 7, 2006 by Michael Rosenstark
Bought desecration on a whim, reading all the good reviews (what drugs are you guys on??), but this movie is complete low budget trash. Read morePublished on October 8, 2005 by catfewd
Tomaselli displays the narrative precision and sure directorial hand of a young Ed Wood. I've seen plenty of admirable low budget movies. This isn't one of them. Read morePublished on March 6, 2005 by zothhh
Dante Tomaselli's "DESECRATION" is a nightmare caught on film! by far one of the all time most BRILLIANT directorial debut's. Read morePublished on March 4, 2005 by creatureart
Usually I enjoy the first attempt of an artist more than their later works. I think the Pixies first album is the best, along with Led Zepplin and Black Sabbath. Read morePublished on December 7, 2004 by Daniel R. Burnell