Desecration was a low-budget entry from 31 year-old New Jersey-based filmmaker Dante Tomaselli. As next-to-no-budget home-made horror films go, Desecration is reasonably well made. It is professionally photographed and the cast all give reliable performances, especially good being Irma St. Paule as the Italian grandmother. Dante Tomaselli creates a modest degree of atmosphere out of zombified and faceless nuns and sinister clown figures. There are some entertaining schlocky scenes with a nun getting a model airplane impaled in her head and another of a nun being hacked to death by a pair of flying scissors. Tomaselli even throws in a bizarrely Freudian nightmare scene where the hero is in diapers caged in a babys pen, surrounded by giant spelling blocks and toys and with his taunting mother shaking milk from a babys bottle over him. (Although, with all this tortured Catholic and Freudian childhood imagery, you wonder if Dante Tomaselli might not be better off sinking the money he spent on this into therapy rather than trying to work it out on film).
One of the opening credits for Desecration, nestled amongst the photography credits and actors names, acknowledges Special Thanks to Alfred Sole Sole being the director/writer who made the reverend mother of all guilt-ridden Catholic horror films Communion/Alice, Sweet, Alice (1976). Although, the film that all the heavy-handed Catholic imagery reminds of is the little seen Dark Waters (1993), a film similarly deep in tortured Catholicism and with exactly the same underlying problems as Desecration.
Unfortunately, the more one watches Desecration, the more it becomes apparent that there is nothing in the way of plot connecting any of it. None of the hints about Bobbys mother being of supposedly diabolic origin are made clear. It is not even apparent why these zombie nun apparitions and hauntings are happening or why people are being killed there is the impression that the nun being killed by a model plane in the head at the start unleashed something but exactly what is bafflingly unclear. Desecration feels like a haunted house fairground ride it is persistently in your face, wanting to scare you. However, the more all the straining for effect is revealed to be backed by almost nothing of substance, the results eventually becomes wearying. The imagery seems so arbitrary, so much effect piled upon effect without connecting narrative thread, that Desecration ends up resembling a surrealist film that happens to be using horror conventions.
Dante Tomaselli subsequently went onto make several other low-budget horror films including Horror (2002), Satans Playground (2006) and Torture Chamber (2013).