DESECRATION, frankly, is a mess of a movie. Lots of imagery that was intended to be disturbing, but it falls far short of the mark. Badly acted with hamhanded lighting, clumsy cinematography and poor production design all add up to a very amateurish-looking film.
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Is that all Jersey woods? Vincent Lamberti is creepy as a priest with too many secrets, and those who want clearcut answers to their basic stories may be disappointed. But it's got a neat dream-logic that will either make you nervous or just baffle you. I've read quite a few good reviews on this movie and I just can't understand why. Now I know foreign horror films tend to have some very bad acting. It's like the editting is performed by someone having seizures. The movie is all over the place and totally incoherent.
Maybe it's just me but most Italian horror flics seem to have the same problems. They make little sense. I bought this movie on sale and I was still robbed! The old lady ought to be put in a home though the son was good for a few chuckles. The only really intense scene was the nun being killed by the scissors. And the ending What the hell is this movie about??? Terrible movie Dante Tomaselli's first movie, Desecration, is far from perfect: the acting and dialogue is terrible, the story is vague, there are some silly ideas, and there's a cheap look to some of it.
However, in terms of atmosphere and imagery and outright fear, it's a winner. It took me a little while to get into it, but once I was it had an almost unbearable creep-out factor. If Tomaselli had abandoned the story altogether and made a totally abstract piece of surrealism, it might have been a total success. As it is, it's still one of the scariest horror movies of the last few years. I can't wait to see Tomaselli's second movie, Horror.
He has the potential to become the most exciting young horror filmmaker around. If he can adapt his style to fit a more mainstream storytelling sense he may become huge. If he descends further into surrealism he'll almost certainly end up a cult favourite. Either way, he seems to be someone with a unique and compelling vision, which horror has been missing for too long.
And like many directors on their first film, they either show some promise and go on to become great directors I'm thinking that Tomasellis one of the promising ones. The story is about a 15 year old kid called Bobby Rullo who is played by Danny Lopes in his first starring role. He is assisting St. Anthonys Catholic School and one day as he is playing with his remote controlled air plane, he kills a nun by accident. Bobby didn't know it, but the nun he killed was an evil nun even in life.
And when she was killed by Bobbys remote controlled airplane, she went straight to deepest bowels of hell. Now she wants out, and she intends to use Bobby to do it. Thats the basic plot of the film. The film does go into surreal dreamlike territory so be ready for a film that doesn't necessarily spell things out for you. Like Bobbys grandmother mentions at one point in the film "its a puzzle! I'm a big fan of supernatural horror movies and it seems that this is just the type of horror film that Tomaselli is specializing in making.
It was heavy on its supernatural themes as well, so I dug it lots. So I just knew that I had to see his previous film. I was expecting Desecration to maybe be a little less good since it was his first film, but boy was I wrong. Desecration was fantastic! Let me go on detailing why.
Tomaselli is obviously a very visual director. He is keen to showing striking nightmarish images that will stick in your mind long after you've seen the movie. There's many instances like that in Desecration. The nun who terrorizes Bobby and his grandmother all through out the film is one striking image all on its own.
She appears quite a few times in the movie, sometimes faceless, sometimes extremely demonic One particular image of her coming in through the gates of St. Anthonys Catholic school was very very spooky. So be on the look out for that. There's one moment that has to go down in the horror books for all eternity and its the scene with the flying scissors killing the nun. I freaking loved that scene! Things flying in the air all by themselves give me the hibby jibbies There's many more memorable sequences like that all through out the film.
This is a low budget flick that shows that you don't need kajillions of dollars to make a good flick. In fact I enjoyed Desecration more then any of the crap coming out in theaters recently Boogyman and Darkness Falls I'm looking at you! It may have some limitations on money Speaking of creativity, my hats down to Tomaselli for making the score and sound effects so creepy.
Like Carpenter, Tomaselli scores his own films. And its pretty obvious he pays much attention to this part of the filmaking process.
I loved all the different sound effects all through out the film. The crying babies, the scary maniacal laughter, the wind blowing The only thing I didn't like was the abrupt ending. It just suddenly ends Thats it? Also the sequence where the nun gets hit by a plane, in my opinion could have been pulled off slightly better. It didn't feel authentic. In my opinion that sequence was meant to be the first big shock in the film, but it turns out a bit funny instead because it didn't look like thats the way it would have happened in real life.
But thats just a minor imperfection in an other wise great film. I'm a big fan of independent horror cinema. Cause it shows all you really need is imagination, creativity and drive to make something special. And its obvious that Dante Tomaselli has plenty of those traits. Tomaselli demonstrated with Desecration and Horror that he is more then capable of making some damn fine horror films, and I got a feeling that as time goes by and Tomasellis recognition as a horror director grows his films will only get better and better.
I'm really looking forward to his newest flick being released soon by Anchor Bay Entertainment called "Satans Playground". Rating: 4 out of 5 P. I really wished that this DVD had a audio commentary with Tomasellis insights on the making of it. Too bad there is no audio commentary on this DVD version of Desecration. Maybe on a future version? TelevisionJunkie 11 January Tomaselli obviously has a flair for creating eye candy.
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. 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 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.
Those seeking something out of the norm might enjoy this, as well as stoner horror buffs. All others, avoid it. NateManD 20 July This film feels hallucinatory in some parts, and it becomes hard to tell what's actually happening or what's fantasy. The plot concerns a boy at a catholic school, who accidentally kills a nun. When his remote control airplane malfunctions, the blade hits the nun. Because of this incident and his long deceased mother, the gates of hell open up.
Creepy, bizarre and unexplained things start to happen. Repeated viewings might help as the ending leaves it's viewers confused and in awe. This film is amazing, it shows what you can do on a low budget with creativity and imagination. JCrewPsycho 21 June It's about time that a serious horror movie director emerged and this guy is gonna be something.
Horror is better, his newest movie, but this shows that you don't need 10 million to make an effective horror movie. Obviously people on here are lacking intelligence and don't want something different cause this only has a rating of a 3. If you dug this movie definitely check out anything from Dario Argento. Not a bad little horror film Katatonia 30 January Very strange imagery is used throughout this film, the scenes with ghostly nuns and clowns will disturb a lot of viewers. I wasn't very into the film in it's first twenty minutes or so, i found it really slow and it didn't seem that the story was truly going anywhere.
The rest of the film takes off and becomes more bizarre with each passing minute. The unique camera angles and techniques are quite effective and add a little more than usual to this low-budget film. Just don't go into it expecting a large budget horror flick, otherwise you'll be disappointed. The acting is a mixed bag, some of the actors did a really good job.
However, some had flat performances but this didn't really take away from the overall experience. I wouldn't say this movie really creeped me out personally very few horror films do and i do love the genre. It does contain a very dark and brooding atmosphere throughout, plus the dark music score is quite well done.
The film also leaves you thinking about what the story truly means, long after the movie has ended. Definitely above average for a horror film and i would give it a rating of 8 out of BandSAboutMovies 17 July Whereas I usually bemoan so many of the low budget efforts that we come across as of late, a lack of funds doesn't necessarily mean a bad movie when you're blessed with a wealth of intelligence and inspiration.
Such is the case with writer and director Dante Tomaselli's effort Desecration, which began its life as a short film. Danny Lopes plays Bobby - he would go on to star in several more films for the creator - a troubled boy who has lost his mother and has been raised by his overly protective and extremely Catholic grandmother. After an accident with a remote control airplane causes a nun's death, Bobby's life becomes a true nightmare, both in waking reality and in dreamlike states that attack the viewer when you are least prepared for their onslaught.
Much like that film - while becoming an original work all its own - the feeling of dread that one may feel inside a house of worship comes home to roost.
I can almost smell the sweet odor of incense and hear the clanging chain of the censer as the priest makes the procession to the altar. And I can remember the sheer worry I felt when one elder priest would bark into a crackling microphone, chastising us all for believing that the Communist menace was dead, as late as Desecration is the rare film that can make a gold balloon or an outdoor Christmas decoration lighting up more ominous than a hundred jump scare packed big budget Hollywood film.
It's terrors feel like they come from a real place, from true nightmares, from worries that you have while kneeling and praying for salvation. Falconeer 5 December Low budget art-house horror film that so few people understand, or appreciate. Probably a religious fanatic, she died while Bobby was still very young.
The nun bears a striking resemblance
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