Chicago, IL (January 12, 2017) –Doppelgänger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing continue their ongoing series of lustrous restored editions of the films oflegendary Italian horror auteur Dario Argentowith the release ofTHE SECT, the 1991 chiller about an American schoolteacher in Germany who is terrorized by a murderous Satanic cult that is plotting to plunge the world into darkness.
Co-produced and co-written by Dario Argentoand directed by ArgentoprotégéMichele Soavi,THE SECTmakes itsUSBlu-rayand DVDdebut remastered in high definition with more than 45 hours of color correction that includes a new interview with actorTomas Arana(The Church).
InTHE SECT, Kelly Lee Curtis (older sister of iconic scream queen Jamie Lee) stars as Miriam, an American schoolteacher who has been relocated to what appears to be a pleasant town in Germany. One afternoon, Miriam accidentally hits an elderly pedestrian, Moebius (Herbert LomofThe Pink Pantherfame) with her car, prompting her to take him back to her house to recuperate. What Miriam doesn’t know is that their meeting was no accident and thatMoebius is the elder of a dangerous Satanic sect.While at Miriam’s home, Moebius secretly drugs her and then secretes a strange insect into her nostril. Moebius’s sinister plan triggers a string of bizarre and hallucinogenic events in Miriam’s life involving nightmares, a diabolical cult leader named Damon (Tomas Arana), her magic pet rabbit, a dark well filled with mystical water and a plot involving the birth of the son of Satan.
THE SECT isMichele Soavi’s third directorial effort, following 1990’sThe Church(also produced by Dario Argento) and the slasherStage Fright, his 1987 directorial debut. Prior to sitting in the director’s chair, Soaviworked an assistant director and/or 2ndunit director on Argento’s films Tenebre, PhenomenaandOpera, and on such noteworthy projectsas LambertoBava’s DemonsandA Blade in the DarkandTerry Gilliam’sThe Adventures of Baron Munchausen. WithTHE SECT's rich visuals, strong set pieces, dreamlike mise-en-sceneand overall creepy atmosphere, Soavicame to be considered a horror stylist in his own right, adding a distinctive voice to one of the Italian cinema’s most striking genres.
Doppelgänger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing will releaseTHE SECTon Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in the United States on February 27, 2018 (prebook January 23, 2018). The Blu-ray and DVD, which includes an interview with actor Tomas Arana, will carry the suggested retail prices of $24.95 and $19.95, respectively.