Directed by: Domenico Paolella
Actors: Anne Heywood, Luc Merenda, Ornella Muti, Martine Brochard, Muriel Catalá
Also known as: Le monache di Sant’Arcangelo, Innocents from Hell, The Nuns of Saint Archangel, Sisters of Satan
Description: The nun Superior at the convent of Archangel is really sick. The decided and calculating Mother Giulia plots to come to be the next Mother Superior. She gets tough struggle from anguished lesbian Sister Chiara and the lustful Sister Carmela.
Review: If you follow the “nuns-ploitation” genre at all, uh, religiously (sorry) you know these films generally fall into three categories. First, are the films that are more or less serious and are meant to criticize the more or less real historical crimes of the Catholic Church. These include both the earliest films like “The Nun of St. Monza”, but also some of the more violent and lurid 70’s films like “Flavia the Heretic” (a personal favorite of mine). Then there are the straight-out lesbian-nun sex romps like Walerian Borozyx “Behind Convent Walls” or Joe D’Amato’s “Images from a Convent”. Finally, there are the post-“Exorcist”, mostly Hispanic films that veer into the supernatural and full-tilt delerium like Franco’s “Love Letters of a Portugese Nun” or the Mexican neo-surrealist masterpiece “Alucarda“.