I’m taking a look at director Michele Soavi’s horror film The Sect (1991). It’s still available on bluray, released by Shameless Films back in 2016. Is this film as good as The Church (1989) which I recently looked at? Let’s find out, so without further ado here’s my The Sect blu-ray review.
- The Sect (1991) aka The Devil’s Daughter
- Genre: Italian Horror
- Directed by Michele Soavi
- Written by Dario Argento / Michele Soavi / Gianni Romoli
- UK Rating 18
- Discs: 1
- Released By Shameless Films
- Blu-ray Released: 27 December 2016
A strange and mysterious sect led by Moebius Kelly (Herbert Lom) are preparing for a certain set of circumstances to occur that will see a true evil born. Miriam Kreisl (Kelly Curtis) is blissfully unaware that she is about to play a central role in the sects plans.
Style / Direction
The film was directed by Michele Soavi whilst Raffaele Mertes handled the cinematography. Michele Soavi delivers another visually distinct looking horror movie.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by Pino Donaggio and its fair to say it works rather well.
Acting / Characters
Herbert Lom takes on the role of sect leader and he really does elevate the film to another level. He produces a convincing and powerful performance.
Kelly Curtis also delivers an exceptionally good performance as a woman completely unaware that she is the key to an evil being brought into life.
- Kelly Curtis as Miriam Kreisl
- Herbert Lom as Moebius Kelly
- Mariangela Giordano as Kathryn
- Michel Hans Adatte as Franz Pernath
- Carla Cassola as Dr. Pernath
- Angelika Maria Boeck as Claire Heinz
- Giovanni Lombardo Radice as Martin Romero
- Niels Gullov as Mr. Heinz
- Tomas Arana as Damon
- Dario Casalini as Mark
- Paolo Pranzo as Steven
- Yasmine Ussani as Samantha
- Erica Sinisi as Sara
- Donald O’Brien as Jonathan Ford
- Michele Soavi as magician on TV
Conclusion: The Sect (1991) Film Review
A somewhat bizarre supernatural horror that at times is a little surreal. I’d say it is a well made and acted film that is well worth a look. It’s not at the same level of The Church (1989) but is pretty interesting in its own right.
If you’ve enjoyed my The Sect blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- Seven Blood-Stained Orchids (1972)
- A Candle For The Devil (1973)
- The Mountain of the Cannibal God (1978)
- Edge of Terror aka The Wind (1986)
- Beyond Darkness (1990)
- Deadly Manor (1990)
Conclusion: The Sect Blu-ray Review
The film has undergone some restoration work and looks pretty good. There are however a few scenes in which the quality drops. Also there are still a few dirt or damage marks very occasionally. That said I’m being somewhat nitpicky and overall this bluray release does indeed have a very good picture quality.
On the extras side there’s an interview with director Michele Soavi that’s well worth a look.
- Beauty and Terror: Interview with Michele Soavi (29 mins)
On to my movie rating for The Sect (1991)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH WATCHING
- Blu-ray Picture: VERY GOOD
- Extras: VERY GOOD
Amazon UK Links
The Sect (1991) is available out now on blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the blu-ray version
That just about concludes The Sect blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more horror movies soon. What’s next? Check back soon…
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Summary: The Sect (1991) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: The Sect (1991) aka The Devil's Daughter
Movie description: Written by Dario Argento / Michele Soavi / Gianni Romoli. Released on blu-ray by Shameless Films
Duration: 117 mins
Director(s): Michele Soavi
Actor(s): Kelly Curtis, Herbert Lom, Mariangela Giordano, Michel Hans Adatte, Carla Cassola, Angelika Maria Boeck, Giovanni Lombardo Radice
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
A bizarre but interesting supernatural horror
- Interesting Supernatural Horror
- Kelly Curtis & Herbert Lom
- Written By Dario Argento / Michele Soavi / Gianni Romoli
- Good Blu-ray Release
- Picture Quality Could Be Better