'Killer Nun: Special Edition'
(Anita Ekberg, Joe Dallesandro, Alida Valli, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (1979) 2019 / Arrow Films UK)
Overview: A demented nun sliding through morphine addiction into madness, whilst presiding over a regime of lesbianism, torture and death. Sister Gertrude is the head nurse/nun in a general hospital, whose increasingly psychotic behavior endangers the staff and patients around her.
Aging blonde-bombshell Anita Ekberg ('La Dolce Vita'' 'Pick-up Alley') gives a full-bodied performance as a sex-crazed sister with some seriously bad habits in the lurid cult classic 'Killer Nun.'
Blu-ray Verdict: In my humble opinion, 'Killer Nun' (aka 'Suor Omicidi' is a stylish and pleasantly demented "Nunsploitation" horror flick that is quite vastly underrated.
While it is certainly not very typical for the Nunsploitation-sub-gene, this is a very atmospheric, at times mesmerizing, and very well-acted psychological horror film that lovers of exploitation cinema should certainly not miss.
The great Anita Eckberg, cult-actress of the '50s, stars in the lead role of Sister Gertrude, a nun working in a Christian mental hospital.
After having a tumor removed, Gertrude is convinced that she still has cancer and along with a proceeding morphine addiction, gradually gets more obsessed with this idea.
Suddenly, people at the hospital end up dead and although she is always in the middle of things, nobody could ever suspect a nun of such atrocities!
Unlike most other "Nunsploitation" films, 'Killer Nun' is not about devil-worshiping or satanic possession. While the film does include sex and nudity, as well as a variety of perversions, the sleaze-level is maybe not quite as high as in typical "Nunsploitation" flicks.
Sure, it is rather demented throughout, given its over the top storyline, however, and even though sometimes a bit slow, 'Killer Nun' always has a tense, creepy atmosphere to guide us along.
The score by Alessandro Alessandroni is downright ingenious and effectively enhances the films eeriness in a brilliant manner. As mentioned, Anita Eckberg is outstanding in the lead, and beautiful Paola Morra is also great in the role of her young roommate and fellow nun Sister Mathieu.
The supporting cast includes a bunch of familiar faces for fans of cult-cinema, such as Joe Dalessandro ('Blood For Dracula'), Alida Valli ('Suspiria,' 'Inferno'), Lou Castell ('A Bullet For The General'), and Massimo Serato ('Macchie Solari,' 'Solamente Nero').
Over all, 'Killer Nun' is a creepy, atmospheric and effective flick with a very strong lead that I highly recommend to all my fellow fans of exploitation ("Nunsploitation" or otherwise), and Italian Giallo horror, in general! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs via a brand new Blu-ray (1080p) HD presentation and comes with the Special Features of:
New 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio
Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
New Audio Commentary by Italian genre film connoisseurs Adrian J. Smith and David Flint
Beyond Convent Walls, a new video essay on Nunsploitation and 'Killer Nun' by critic Kat Ellinger
Starry Eyes, a new interview with director Giulio Berruti
Cut and Noise, a new interview with editor Mario Giacco
Our Mother of Hell, a new interview with actress Ileana Fraia
Original Italian and international Theatrical Trailers
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Daryl Joyce
+ FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Andreas Ehrenreich and Roberto Curti, original reviews
'Killer Nun' Original Movie Trailer