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Killer Nun

1978 1h 20m Horror List
Reviews 24% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings A demented nun (Anita Ekberg) tortures and kills patients while having a sexual relationship with another nun. Read More Read Less

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Anton Bitel BFI Despite featuring nuns galore, wild confessions, lesbianism and other markers of the subgenre, this plays out equally as a giallo, its plot propelled as much by confounded identity and whodunnit mystery as by Catholic hang-ups. Apr 14, 2022 Full Review Nicholas Bell Killer Nun remains unexpectedly gleeful thanks to its selective sashays into gore and/or sexy times, but it's a priceless Ekberg as the wide-eyed, heavily mascara-ed Gertrude in dubbed English which makes the film a perennial B-movie classic. Rated: 3/5 Aug 11, 2020 Full Review Chris Alexander Alexander On Film Anita Ekberg screws the scenery in this wonderfully tasteless shocker. Oct 14, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member In 1977, a middle-aged nun named Cécile Bombeek committed a series of murders in a Belgium geriatric hospital and inspired this piece of Italian scuzzy filmmaking. It is a nun's vocation to suffer, so when Sister Gertrude (Anita Ekberg) returns to ministering to the elderly after surviving a brain tumor, she begins to worry that she will become sick all over again. Only Sister Mathieu — who is in love with her fellow bride of Christ — believes her. And even when Gertrude murders Mathieu's grandfather, she keeps covering for her and even getting her the drugs she needs to keep up her life of sleeping with random men in the city and reading horrifying accounts of the sacrifices of martyred saints to the kindly old folks dying in her care. Some of those old people still like to get it on and much like teenagers at a sleepaway camp that let a young boy die, they pay the price for getting some. Also, another little old lady literally gets mutilated and no werewolves of London are even close by. So who is the killer? And can one achieve the same ecstatic state as a saint by taking heroin or going cold turkey from it? And how angry do you think this movie made Catholics? And how does Joe Dallesandro keep showing up in so many movies and genres that I adore? A section 2 video nasty, I kept from watching this for some time, sure that I would need it on some depressing day to break through the bleakness of life. Now, the fact that I pick movies where nuns have crisises of faith and murder old people may say more about me than I'd like to admit. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Yep, it's about a nun who is a killer. You get what you expect. Gory and silly but in case you never thought that "Nunsploitation" was a film genre, this serves as a crash course in everything you could possibly need to know. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review delysid d pretty stupid movie, i liked it though Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/16/18 Full Review Audience Member If you've ever wanted to see a Nun drink alcohol, abuse morphine, have casual sex with strangers and murder people then this is the film for you. It would've been a better film if there was a little more of what I previously mentioned and had better devolved characters, directing, editing, and storytelling. I know its an exploitation film and doesn't need to be Oscar worthy but even by its genre standards it feels like its holding back. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member A nun named Gertrude recently had a neurosurgery as well as morphine addiction and promiscuity became in charge of a rest home for the elderly. Gruesome deaths started to occur to the deviant elderly population, is Gertrude crazy or is someone trying to set her up? Better than I expected, the violence and gore were rather flimsy looking but it was certainly fun to watch Ekberg descend into madness. Dellasandro had a role as well to make the film more watchable. The ending was rather predictable but nevertheless a stylish direction can still save nunexploitation like this. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member On the whole, this is quite tedious but has a few memorable sequences. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A demented nun (Anita Ekberg) tortures and kills patients while having a sexual relationship with another nun.
Giulio Berruti
Enzo Gallo
Giulio Berruti, Alberto Tarallo
Production Co
20th Century Fox
Original Language
Release Date (Streaming)
Jun 7, 2017
1h 20m
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