Bizarre, wacky moments aside, The Sect does at times take itself a little too seriously; however it’s not enough of a problem – at least no more than any other Italian horror film, I mean God knows I’ve forgiven the likes of Fulci and Argento for much worse – that it would cause me to caution anyone from seeing the movie. Once we find out that Miriam is the chosen one to carry the Devil’s child, the film picks up its pace and becomes an intriguing mix of the Italian style Soavi does so well (and learned from Argento) and the vision and visuals that were certainly inspired by his time working for Terry Gilliam. There’s even a slight nod to Brazil in one of the film’s more gruesome scenes as Satan worshipers from across the globe (including the creepy Hippie from the beginning) reunite to tear the face off of an unsuspecting victim. As is the case with most Italian horror films, the film is meant to be experienced, not explained; it’s more of a visceral experience that laughs in the face of literal, generic plot summation. This can be infuriating for fans of the horror genre, but once one inundates themselves in the gory, neon waters of Italian horror, something like The Sect becomes more palatable. It isn’t Soavi’s best film – it’s a bit too labored at points to really usurp something so crisply well-made like Stagefright – but damn if it isn’t a brilliant mess of a film because when the film is on, it’s a downright perfectly executed Italian horror.
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