La Setta (1991 film)

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Dream sequence from La Setta (1991 film)...

La Setta, AKA Sect, The Sect, The Devil's Daughter, Demons 4, (1990)

Summary

"Satan has chosen his victims. The battle with evil has begun." A school teacher is given an unspeakable assignment from an old man with a strange box who may be the leader of a Satanic cult responsible for a spree of grisly murders.


Details

  • Release Date: 1991
  • Country/Language: Italy, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Art/Experimental
  • Runtime: 2 hr 05 min
  • Starring: Kelly Curtis, Herbert Lom, Mariangela Giordano
  • Director: Michele Soavi
  • Writer: Dario Argento, Gianni Romoli, Michele Soavi
  • Producer/Production Co: ADC Films, Penta Film
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB page: (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Profantiy, Adult Content, brief Nudity)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • Ss___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian)

Besides the evil cult name-dropping Shub-Niggurath, Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young, the film has a weird, surreal quality that might strike some viewers as vaguely Lovecraftian.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Giovanni Susina with At the Mansions of Madness, (link) - "...the convoluted nature of the film has harmed it for a large fraction of viewers, making it difficult to follow and giving it an underlining annoyance that the movie may not be going anywhere... it’s best to enjoy the individual segments for what they’re worth...."
  • Ken Wynne at Attack from Planet B (link) - "It will require an open mind and a lot of patience to get through The Sect’s 112 minute running time, but the journey is one you may well find yourself returning to again and again."

Synopsis

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A school teacher is given an unspeakable assignment from an old man with a strange box who may be the leader of a Satanic cult responsible for a spree of grisly murders.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • Though occasionally linked to the "Demons" series of Italian horror films as a marketing ploy, this film apparently has nothing directly to do with that series, beyond also having supernatural themes and beyond occasionally being retitled Demons 4.


Associated Mythos Elements

  • TO DO
  • deity: Shub-Niggurath is name-dropped at one point
  • race: Human Cultists
  • race: "Earwigs" - insects that supposedly burrow into a victim's head, law eggs inside, and drive the victim mad before eating his/her brain
  • film: compare to other contemporary works by Dario Argento, like The Three Mothers trilogy (1977 franchise)....
  • location: "Gate to Hell" in the form of a hidden room containing a surreal occult chapel with a well full of blue water in the middle


Keeper Notes