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Directed by Ignacio F. Iquino (as Steve McCoy)
Spain 1982

 

After being found in bed with another woman, Frederick, a retired mercenary, is blinded by his deranged and spiteful wife, who is then confined to an asylum. Deciding to start a new life and family with his mistress, Helen, but finding that he is unable to successfully impregnate her, Frederick consults with a fertility doctor who agrees to assist in helping them conceive a baby. But unknown to the happy couple, the doctor is actually a member of a Satanic sect who have decided that Helen will be the perfect mother for the Antichrist!

A diamond in the rough of early 80s Euro-horror, then 72 year old filmmaker Ignacio F. Iquino's (directing as Steve McCoy) SECTA SINIESTRA, or, Bloody Sect, barely saw any kind of release outside of its native Spain, despite liberally 'borrowing' plot elements from Rosemary's Baby, with touches of The Exorcist. Brimming over with every key element of Eurosleaze, including surprisingly mean spirited and brutal killings, Satanic possession, loads of nudity, zoom-happy cinematography, absurd plot twists and a pounding score, SECTA SINIESTRA is long overdue to join the ranks of the craziest offerings from Bruno Mattei or Joe D'Amato. Vinegar Syndrome is thrilled to resurrect this forgotten gem from Spain's sleaziest and most entertaining era in film production.
 

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Theatrical Release: November 22nd, 1982

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Review: Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE  - Blu-ray

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Distribution Vinegar Syndrome - Region FREE  - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:26:20.717        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,183,224,788 bytes

Feature: 23,979,973,056 bytes

Video Bitrate: 33.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio Spanish 1114 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1114 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Vinegar Syndrome

 

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,183,224,788 bytes

Feature: 23,979,973,056 bytes

Video Bitrate: 33.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio commentary with film historian and author Kat Ellinger
Image Gallery (0:52)

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Blu-ray Release Date:
September 24th, 2019
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 5

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray (September 2019): Vinegar Syndrome have transferred Secta Siniestra to Blu-ray in a "newly restored in 2k from its original 35mm camera negative". It is on a single-layered disc with a very high bitrate. It has the 80's stock heaviness, but it is consistent and connotes a film-like presentation. There is no noise or compression artifacts and only minor speckles but one vertical (and purple) scratch about 1/2 way through (43-minutes). I still suspect this is a strong HD digital representation of the theatrical viewing. Like most Vinegar Syndrome releases I felt very positive about the 1080P image quality.

On their Blu-ray, Vinegar Syndrome use a DTS-HD Master mono track (24-bit) in the original Spanish language. The film has some aggressive violent scenes that carry notable depth in the lossless plus a sneaky score by Enrique Escobar ("Hell in the Aegean" or "Twenty Paces to Death"), supporting the film reasonably well by adding some scattered flavor. Vinegar Syndrome offer optional English subtitles on their Region FREE  Blu-ray.

The Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray has a fabulous commentary by Kat Ellinger. Kat talks about what a crazy film Secta Siniestra is, how the genre was in flux at the time it was made promoting a lot of creativity and artistic experimentation. She says discussing the film is hard since most of what has been written about it is negative - she finds this unfair and makes a strong case to defend it. She also talks about what was going on in Spanish cinema at the time of this production (Paul Naschy etc.), the film's frequent references - and significantly more. I'd say that Kat's commentary greatly increased my appreciation of the film and its inclusion amounts to an essential for the Blu-ray package. There is also a stills gallery and the package has a DVD and reversible cover artwork.

Well, I thank Kat for her honest impressions and analysis of Secta Siniestra. I agree that it is a 'wild' film - all over the place from zombies to 'Penthouse-level model postman - exorcism to eye-gouging blindness - from classy to sleazy. The lack of explanation is what adds to its oddball mystique - if you can give yourself over to it.  It's another "masterful restoration and distribution of cult, horror, and erotic films from the 1960s-90s" on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome. Those who appreciate the genre should be very thankful. The Kat commentary sells it - buy and enjoy! 

Gary Tooze

 


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