Sect, The / La setta (1991)

4.0 out of 5

The film begins in America with a Manson like cult before moving the action to Germany. The Sect is a real oddity. It is fairly bloody and visually incredibly satisfying though on first viewing it is not to clear where the film is going storywise. All becomes clear towards the end and as it turns out the story is a familiar one even if it is with a slightly unorthodox retelling.

Perennial Italian horror whipping boy Giovanni Lombardo Radice survives exactly twelve minutes into the movie and stars include a rabbit obsessed Kelly Lee Curtis, the sister of Jamie Lee Curtis, and she is supported by Herbert Lom.

The story is a lot like Rosemary's Baby but director Michele Soavi makes a film that is off the wall in a Donnie Darko kind of way.

The film is co-written by Dario Argento and amongst the madness there is an supernatural insect theme and intelligent rabbit who watches TV and switches channels with the remote control putting the viewer in mind of Phenomena and the intelligent chimp.

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