La setta (1990)

Italy, 1989
111m 49s (UK – video (no cuts)), 112m (USA – video; laserdisc) 112m 7s (Italy – video), 115m (Italy – theatrical)
35mm film, colour
Italian, English [dubbed]

An Italian horror film directed by Michele Soavi.

Plot Summary

A Satanist sect slaughters a commune of hippies in the California desert then turn their attentions to a schoolteacher in Germany. She is targetted as the mother of the Antichrist whose birth is imminent.

Credits

Crew
Director: Michele Soavi
© [not given on screen]
Cecchi Gori Group [logo]. Mario and Vittorio Cecchi Gori. Dario Argento presents a film by Michele Soavi
Executive Producer: Andrea Tinnirello
Produced by: Mario and Vittorio Cecchi Gori and Dario Argento for Penta Film/ADC
Production Manager: Fernando Franchi
Story and Screenplay: Dario Argento, Giovanni Romoli, Michele Soavi
Assistant Director: Marco Guidone
2nd Assistant Director: Enrico Grassi
Script Supervisor: Francesca Roberti
Director of Photography: Raffaele Mertes
Camera Operator: Camillo Sabatini
Underwater Cameraman: Mario Bagnato
Steadicam Operators: Nicola Pecorini, Giovanni Gebbia, Sebastiano De Pascalis
Camera Assistant: Fabrizio Papale
Gaffer: Giovanni Galasso
Key Grip: Roberto Mareschini
Stills: Franco Vitale
Editor: Franco Fraticelli
1st Assistant Editor: Adriana Benedetti
2nd Assistant Editor: Alessandra Guerra
Negatives: Eastmancolor Kodak
Colour: Technicolor spa
Original Music by: Pino Donaggio
Music Publishers: Bixio C.E.M.S.A. – Warner Chappell Music Italiana S.p.A.
Soundtrack Producer: Gianni Dell’Orso
Sound: Giancarlo Laurenzi
Boom Operator: Claudio Morra
Italian Version: Lillo Capoano, Sama Film srl
Sound Studios: Fono Roma
Soind Mixer: Alberto Doni
Sound Dubbing: Marco Lippi
Dubbing Studio: C.D.C.
Dubbing Director: Sergio Graziani
Dialogue Adaptation: Giorgio Piferi
Sound Effects: Sound Track
Costumes: Vera Cozzolino
Wardrobe Assistant: Roberta Cucciolla
Seamstress: Mirella Pedetti
Costume House: Gi. Elle – Gabriella Lo Faro
Footwear: Arditi
Make-up: Rosario Prestopino
Make-up Assistant: Laura Borzelli
Hairdresser: Iolanda Angelucci
Wigs: Rocchetti e carboni srl
Special Effects: Massimo Cristofanelli
Fantasy Creatures Designed and Created by: Segio Stivaletti
Assistant: Barbara Morosetti
On-set Special Effects: F.lli Corridori
Titles and Optical Effects: Studio A.M. srl; Aldo Mafera
Art Director: M. Antonello Geleng
Set Decorator: Giacomo Calò Carducci
Set Furnishings: G.R.P. di G.R. Postiglione snc; Dedalo srl; La Teca dell’Immaginario
Art Department Assistant: Osvaldo Monaco
Prop Maker: Sebastiano De Caro
Props: E. Rancati snc
Painter: Giancarlo Sensidoni
Carpets: Sanchini
Dialogue Coach: William Quarshie
Administrator: Archimede Orlando
Animals Trainer: Maurizio Garrone
Unit Publicists: Enrico Lucherini, Gianluca Pignatelli
Production Equipment: Arco 2 srl
Lighting Equipment: Franco Patracca & C. sas.
Plants: Vivai e Piante V. Rossiello
Insurance: Cinesicurtà srl
Transport: Fratelli Cartocci
Studio: De Paolis, Rome
Locations: Frankfurt, Germany; Marino Hills, Rome, Italy
Unit Managers: Patrick Carrarin, Fabrizio Cico Diaz, Egle Friggeri
Thanks for the Frankfurt Shoot: Frankfurter Filmproduktion
Stunt Co-ordinator: Arnaldo dell’Acqua

Cast
Kelly Curtis (Miriam Kriesl)
Herbert Lom (Moebius Kelly)
Maria Angela Giordano (Katryn (Katherine in English language version))
Michel Hans Adatte (Frank Pernath)
Carla Cassola (Dr Pernath)
Angelika Maria Boeck (Mrs Claire Henri)
Giovanni Lombardo Radice (Martin Romero)
Niels Gullov (Mr Henri)
Tomas Arana as Damon
Donald O’Brien (Jonathan Ford)
Yasmine Ussani (Samantha [Heinz])
Paolo Pranzo (Steven)
Richard Sammel (truck driver)
Ralph Bola Mustapha’ (second truck driver)
Erica Sinisi (Sara)
Dario Casalini (Mark)
Fabio Saccani (bald pickpocket on tube)
Vincenzo Regina (nurse)
Giovanna Rotellini (1st midwife)
Chiara Mancori (2nd midwife)
Carmela Pilato (sect woman)

Alternative Titles

Catacombs
Demons 4 – USA title
The Devil’s Daughter – USA title
The Sect – UK
La secta – Spain

See also
Alison’s Birthday (1979)
Psycho (1960)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

References

Periodicals

  • Delirium no.26 (2021) pp.6-11 – illustrated interview with Pino Donaggio (Melodies of madness and monsters by Michael Gingold)

Books

  • Art of Darkness: The Cinema of Dario Argento by Chris Gallant (ed.) p.292 – credits
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.478
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.403
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.441
  • Horror Films of the 1990s by John Kenneth Muir pp.178-179