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Monday, June 28, 2010


Michele Soavi's THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER (aka La setta, The Sect, or Demons 4) is a hardly seen film from one of Italy's greatest directors. Not only was the film readily UNavailable on VHS, it still hasn't seen the light of day on DVD. Produced and Co-Written by Dario Argento (Soavi's protege), The Sect is a surreal satanic thriller in the vein of Rosemary's Baby with an artsy edge.

I haven't seen the film in a number of years, so it's hard to remember many details about it. I do remember it being slightly confusing. It's definitely a film that needs to be watched a few times to get the full meaning behind it.

The film stars Kelly Curtis (older sister of Jamie Lee Curtis) as Miriam Kreisl, a young school teacher who almost runs over an old man with a box and takes him in. It's no accident that the old man has come into her life, and it quickly becomes apparent that he has plans for her, plans that involve a permanent future with the Satanic cult (IMDB).

I have to admit, the film wasn't a particular favourite of mine, however, Soavi is by far one of the most underrated directors and one of my favourite. He hasn't made a horror film since Dellamorte Dellamore (aka Cemetery Man), which is a real shame. At the very least it would be great to be able to have all of his films on DVD. It's a surprise that a company like Anchor Bay (who released three of his other films - Cemetery Man, The Church and Stage Fright, hasn't picked up this film for distribution. Since we didn't get much on the other three DVD releases, I'm not expecting a whole lot for a DVD release of The Devil's Daughter. The movie, a good transfer and maybe the trailer would suffice at this point. Not much artwork is really available for the DVD. Here's what I could find...

I'm not a huge fan of either artwork. But since the Kelly Curtis image seems to be the most used, they might as well use it. Here's cover art from a bootleg DVD that looks pretty cool:

1 comment:

  1. I used to work at a video store that had it on VHS. Sadly, I wasn't able to get my paws on it when they sold their VHS stock to make way for those newfangled DVDs. Soavi is underrated and it's a shame he feels more comfortable directing Italian television nowadays (though Uno Bianca wasn't bad for what it was).