There is the Italian film craft of giallo, tales of mysteries, murder and more, unique to Italian Cinema.
And of course, an entire compendium of slasher and horror classics from such Italian filmmaking legends as Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Bruno Mattei and more … you could literally spend weeks, if not months, viewing such treasures as Demons (Argento), Inferno (again, Argento), The Beyond (Fulci), The Whip and the Body (Bava), Blood and Black Lace (also Bava), Black Sunday (directed by Bava with Barbara Steele), and more, a whole lot more.
And, genre fans have their unique collections of film delights that are categorized as Nunsploitation. Horror, sexual repression, strange goings on, naked nuns, violence … Italian filmmaker were keen on this as well with such gems as Killer Nun, Behind Convent Walls, The Other Hell and so on.
Word arrived this week from Bayview Entertainment that Feb. 16 has been carved-out as the DVD debut date for an Italian import that combines all three of these favorite Italian filmmaking disciplines, giallo, slasher/horror and Nunsploitation. This film trifecta would be none other than writer/director Giovanni Aloisio’s Nuns: An Italian Horror Story.
Sister Virginia (Caterina Orlando), Sister Letizia (Celeste Francavilla) and Sister Gratia (Fabiana Cianci) live in a long-forgotten convent in Puglia, with a young caretaker by the name of Bruno (Mattia Galantino), who tends to the place … it is a full-time job (and more). To bring in a little extra income, they rent out the guesthouse to travelers. Everything seems a little odd, but nothing that would jump out at you.
One day this all changes, when a deaf-mute by the name of Helena arrives (Agata Paradiso), which is like catnip for the lonely Bruno. In no time the two are at it sexually (hello, giallo, slasher/horror, Nunsploitation … of course there is going to be nudity and sexual encounters), but the nuns have brought Helena to the convent to serve their own purposes, which will be revealed as the blood begins to flow!!
For genre fans the arrival of writer/director Giovanni Aloisio’s Nuns: An Italian Horror Story on DVD on Feb. 16 from Bayview Entertainment can’t come soon enough!!
Nuns: An Italian Horror Story is presented in Italian with English subtitles.