Fusion3600 | January 28th, 2012
Plot: What’s it about?
Sister Gertrude (Anita Ekberg) is not doing well, as she has locked up twice in crucial moments in medical procedures. In one case, a patient was gasping inside of an oxygen tent, but Gertrude couldn’t move to help, though a doctor arrived in time. She complains of intense headaches and shaky vision, not to mention frequent blackouts and unexplainable instances in which she loses control of her basic motor functions. Although she pleads to be treated, or at least be given some morphine, she is denied. Instead of treatment, she is told that her problems are not real and just inside of her head, so she should move on. But as time passes, she becomes more and more on edge and her episodes begin to happen more and more often. When a patient puts her dentures into a glass of water at a table, Gertrude goes berserk and can’t be controlled. She is then dispatched to a patient in need of instant attention, as she is having a heart attack. Gertrude would be able to save the woman’s life, but she freezes up and as a result, the patient dies. She then loots the dead woman’s valuables and heads into town, in order to ease her mind. That involves fencing a diamond ring that she took from the dead woman, having sex with a stranger, getting drunk, and buying morphine, which she then hides back at the residence. As more people begin to turn up dead, all eyes are on Gertrude, but is she behind the brutal killings?
An entire wing of exploitation cinema is devoted to those wonderful nuns, the authority figures we love to hate. The real nuns can be wicked, despite their holy appearance, with rulers, stern words, and strict discipline. But the nuns in the realm of “nunsploitation” are much crueler, without the boundaries of religion to hold them back. The habits are the same, but these nuns don’t follow the example of wholesome Mother Superiors, instead these women murder, torture, and yes, even engage in lurid lesbian sex. Killer Nun has one of the worst nuns of all, as Sister Gertrude smokes, drinks, uses morphine as recreation, and is addicted to dirty, kinky sex, with whomever she can hook up with. Of course, this is sure to offend almost anyone outside of exploitation, but anyone else who rents a movie titled Killer Nun deserves the heart attack. Anita Ekberg has the main role here and she is brutal, but so is her performance. She’s over the top beyond belief and while humorous, that does detract a tad from the film’s dark tone. The depressing mood is well crafted, though of course, few folks will appreciate that aspect. If you want the blood and breasts, Killer Nun has them in ample portions, thanks to this new uncut version. Blue Underground’s disc is allowed passage into heaven, as Killer Nun is well recommended.
Video: How does it look?
Killer Nun is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. As usual, Blue Underground has unearthed a superb visual presentation for a film no other label would even touch, let alone pour this kind of love on. The print looks excellent, with only light grain and some minor debris, which is a minor miracle by most standards. The clean print allows the visuals to be crisp, whereas most previous versions were plagued by grain and softness. So detail is much more refined, which means that small touches come across in clearer fashion. As such, this doesn’t look like a low profile genre film from the 70s, not even close. I commend Blue Underground for another impressive visual effort, as Killer Nun has never looked so damn good.
Audio: How does it sound?
An English language version is presented here, which isn’t bad as dubs are concerned, but it isn’t that great, either. The vocal synch is off of course, but the rhythm is close and that helps keep the dub curse to a minimum. On technical merits, the soundtrack is passable, but lacks any depth or presence, as per usual mono standards. The dialogue is clean and loud, so no vocals are missed, but don’t expect much the world beyond that. I found the music to be better than expected, but still limited by mono’s grasp, while sound effects are thin, though reasonable. So for what we have here, the audio is more than acceptable, but I would have loved a new remix in the original language, no doubt about that.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes an interview with producer Giulio Berruti, still photos & poster artwork, and the film’s theatrical trailer.
- (1.85:1) Aspect Ratio
- Video Codec: MPEG-2
- Theatrical Trailer
- Audio Commentary
- Deleted Scene(s)
- Digital Copy
- 1 Disc Set