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When Nuns Go Bad,
This review is from: Killer Nun (DVD)
Apparently there was a fad for "nunsplotation" movies in the 1970s, with such films showing the sexual and psychological perversity of the sisters as they had lesbian affairs, seduced priests, and in general acted in ways inappropriate to their calling. Released in 1978, the Italian KILLER NUN (aka SUOR OMICIDI) was considered scandalous beyond all description; although it was popular at the box office, it was quickly banned in Italy and England, and it was among the most often-cited films in calls for censorship at that time.
The plot is very loosely based on the case of Sister Godfrieda, a Belgian nun working in a hospital who became addicted to morphine following a surgery and who thereafter may have killed up to thirty people, mainly by insulin injection. KILLER NUN fiddles with the case, of course: it holds to the notion of morphine addiction, but it throws in a lot of sex and gore. Sister Gertrude (Anita Ekberg) has recently had surgery for a brain tumor. Although told the tumor was not cancerous, she remains convinced that she is on the verge of death, becomes addicted to morphine, and begins to harass, bully, and ultimately kill the patients in her care. Along the way she has a torrid bit of hall-way sex with a stranger and a lesbian affair with Sister Matthieu (Paola Morra.) Newly appointed Dr. Patrick Roland (Joe Dallesandro) becomes suspicious, but is distracted by what appears to be Sister Matthieu's psychosis--not to mention plain old fashioned lust.
By today's standards, both gore and sex are pretty tame, and the overall effect is very spotty, but the film really is as blasphemous as critics claimed it was, what with Sister Gertrude preparing her morphine injections as if it were Holy Communion and all. But what really makes the film worth watching at least once is how unspeakably hooty the whole thing. All these years and I never knew that nuns wore mascara and slept naked. Who would have thought it? Ekberg plays the role with eyes wide, flaring nostrils, and grim determination; the rest of the cast follows suit, overacting all over the place, with the possible exception of Joe Dallesandro, who is his usual rough trade, wooden self. The whole thing is pretty silly, but if you're a fan of bad movies, this one is bad enough in a bizarre way to be amusing.
GFT, Amazon Reviewer