All things Cult Cinema

Started by wilder, March 27, 2017, 06:00:36 PM

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Saw FLESH in 3D at FILMEX back in the day... Probably '74?


Quote from: wilder on May 30, 2021, 03:30:09 AM
You’ve definitely gone farther down this lane than I have. I never thought my cinephile adventures would take me here, but most mainstream movies are no longer showing me something I’m uncomfortable to see, and if a movie can’t hurt me why would I watch it?

"I can't remember which American writer it was who, I heard him speak and he said his job was to comfort the disturbed and to disturb the comfortable.

There's something comforting about being able to inhabit somebody else, but there's also something very uncomfortable about it; because usually the experiences that person is having are just the ones that I don't like or that I haven't worked out. And it seems to me that the biggest split isn't between music and literature or music and sculpture - where, there are forms of art that offer us escapes from ourselves and our daily lives - and I think that's fine, in small doses - and then there are kinds of art which offer us more sort of confrontational with our own lives. And I don't think it's surprising that there isn't as much demand or money in the latter, because it's more difficult and less pleasant sometimes. And it takes skill and education to get good enough at reading or listening to be able to derive pleasure from it.

There's class stuff involved here that gets very tricky."

Just watched this interview for the first time today^

Andthat I've seen maybe three timez now. Herein Carpenter, you know, emphasizes that he doesn't like pretension. And so one could assume he's aiming at a specific audience ie the former to what DFW details and not the latter. Yet, in Carpenter's films - as Donald Pleasance highlights at the end bits here - there's nuance to the tone that affordz it a Grindhouse sensibility with a strong intent toward thematic substance. Donald's term "overwritten."

John Carpenter "My intention is to entertain. Thematic material is different than a message."

I wonder about this distinction between material plenty. Wherein the sensation can play to more than one sensibility or taste. Comfort and discomfort at once. Certainly it seemz that cult cinema (or genre cinema?) gets to be more playful in form than anything else. Most importantly, it can explore the intellect of sensation, maybe? As jenkins mentioned Giallo iz all feeling. And yet, sheesh, right, we could write about giallo for yearz!


I consider that a valuable topic and I've been deliberating how to respond, and at this point in time I believe the most succinct and substantive way to respond is to mention that Seven Samurai is a genre movie. it doesn't really matter how you create so much as you create with all of your effort. Helen DeWitt's The Last Samurai is a gorgeous, flawless, genius book that's about raising a son who "gets it" and he is taught Greek and Shakespeare etc, and as the title suggests he is taught Seven Samurai too. basically whatever it is understand its capabilities to their fullest extent or why bother


QuoteIt's finally time to share the details on our big sale title! BLOOD FOR DRACULA will be a 3-disc set with slip case. The first disc is a UHD with the film in 4K HDR. The second disc is a blu-ray with a 1080P presentation of the film, along with bonus features. The third disc is a newly mastered, extended version of the CD soundtrack. Check out the full disc specs below.
Special Features for Blood For Dracula:
*Trans-Human Flesh And Blood – Interview With Director Paul Morrissey
*Rubinia's Homecoming – Interview & Location Visit With Actress Stefania Casini
*Blood For Udo – Interview With Actor Udo Kier
*Little Big Joe – Interview With Actor Joe Dallesandro
*Conversation With A Vampire – Audio Interview With Actress Milena Vukotic
*Bloodthirsty – Interview With Assistant Director Paolo Pietrangeli
*Black Cherry – Interview With Art Director Gianni Giovagnoni
*The Blood Of These Whores... – Interview With "Murderous Passions"
Author Stephen Thrower
*Sad, Romantic Dracula – Interview With Soundtrack Composer Claudio Gizzi
*The Roman Connection – Interview With Producer Andrew Braunsberg
*CD Soundtrack - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Composed,
Orchestrated, And Conducted By Claudio Gizzi
Feature Specs for Blood For Dracula:
*Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
*Audio: English Mono
*Closed Captions: English SDH
*Region: All

Quote from: jenkins on June 16, 2021, 02:21:12 PM
so Paul Morrissey's Blood for Dracula is being released on 4K during Severin's midyear sale, and the nature of the physical media game has shifted such that it "debuts Saturday, June 26 at 11:59:59 PM EST and will ONLY be available for the remainder of the sale."



2022 TBD

A 4K restoration of Stephen Sayadian's Dr. Caligari (1989) is being presented at Fantasia Fest 2021 by Mondo Macabro. 4K UHD blu-ray coming early next year.

In 1989, Stephen Sayadian, aka Rinse Dream, released one of the most iconic and fantastical works in American exploitation cinema. For the first time since its release, thanks to a new restoration, it will finally find its audience, and retroactively be appreciated as the underground masterpiece that it is. Bizarre, stunning, goofy and unsettling, DR. CALIGARI embraces the avant-garde in its exquisite and hilarious exploitation of America's repressed libido. As the film's title might suggest, the film is a loose remake of the German Expressionist classic, following Mrs. Van Houten, a woman who seems to be losing touch with reality, and her treatment under Dr. Caligari, who diagnoses her with a "disease of the libido". Far more than just narratively similar, Sayadian's background in set design and art keeps with the silent classic's highly stylized design, updated with the bright, disorienting commercialism of 1980s Americana. DR. CALIGARI might be one of the American cinema's most incisive and unique portraits of national excess ever to grace the screen.

Above all else, though, the film has a biting and over-the-top sense of humour. The dialogue is ripe with delicious one-liners ("My feelings are like filthy prayers I want to scream into your face") and incredible visual gags. In just the first few minutes of the film, we get the first visual joke as SMPTE colour bars slowly peel away to reveal a naked woman lounging on a couch. Aware that some omniscient force is exposing her nudism, she tries to hide behind the disappearing bars. In rare exploitation form, DR. CALIGARI maintains its wild and intoxicating energy throughout, pulling the audience deep into its erotic nightmare world, in an experience not soon to be forgotten.

July 26, 2021

Juraz Herz's Beauty and the Beast (1978) on blu-ray from Second Sight (UK)

From Juraj Herz, director of The Cremator and Morgiana, comes this singular adaption of the classic tale - an altogether darker interpretation than we're used to. Light years from Disney, Herz's Beauty and the Beast (also known more provocatively as The Virgin and the Monster) follows the familiar story - innocent girl presents herself as sacrifice to a cursed man-beast hiding in exile, and learns to live with, and eventually love her captor - but is transformed into something entirely more twisted and terrifying in Herz's macabre re-imagining.

September 6, 2021

Marco Ferreri's The Ape Woman (1964) on blu-ray from Cult Films (UK), from a 4K restoration

The Ape Woman is inspired by a true story of the cruel exploitation of a young carnival performer, Julia Pastrana, whose body was completely covered in hair. She is brought to life here by an extraordinary Annie Girardot - France's highest-paid actress at the time - in a natural measured and elegant performance from which emanates the ambiguous emotion of being alluring yet devastatingly poignant as "the ape woman". An unscrupulous hustler (the magnificent Ugo Tognazzi) discovers the young woman in a convent and marries her in order to get her on the freak show circuit and to cash in on the distinctive appearance of her body and face fully covered in hairs.

August 31, 2021

Byron Mabe's She Freak (1967) on blu-ray from AGFA, from a 4K restoration

Fed up with waitressing, Jade Cochran (Claire Brennen) embarks on a new life with a traveling carnival. But she discovers that what lurks behind the curtain doesn't take too kindly to her backstabbing plans. A gutter-noir reworking Tod Browning's FREAKS and a valentine to the carnival lifestyle that defined the career of producer David F. Friedman (BLOOD FEAST), SHE FREAK is a snapshot of life, love, and revenge on the grounds of a seedy carnival in Smalltown, USA.

October 19, 2021

Bill Lustig's Maniac Cop 2 (1990) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Blue Underground

This sequel to Maniac Cop pits Matt Cordell (Robert Z'dar), the crazed, murderous "Maniac Cop" of the first film (now horribly disfigured after a particularly brutal stay in prison), and Turkel (Leo Rossi), a serial killer who likes to murder strippers, against a frenzied NYPD detective, Sean McKinney (Robert Davi), who is just one step ahead of a nervous breakdown.


two powers combine forces 1 pre-code 2 weed isn't illegal yet. the movie is titled Murder at the Vanities and it's a murder mystery that takes place behind the scenes of a stage show


this month from AGFA and VS:

Fed up with waitressing, Jade Cochran (Claire Brennen) embarks on a new life with a traveling carnival. But she discovers that what lurks behind the curtain doesn't take too kindly to her backstabbing plans. A gutter-noir reworking Tod Browning's FREAKS and a valentine to the carnival lifestyle that defined the career of producer David F. Friedman (BLOOD FEAST), SHE FREAK is a snapshot of life, love, and revenge on the grounds of a seedy carnival in Smalltown, USA -- complete with crackpot monster make-up effects from Harry Thomas (PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE). Like Devo's music and Ed Wood's novels, SHE FREAK creates a synthetic reality that is often preferable to our own. AGFA + Something Weird are beyond excited to present a dazzling 4K restoration of this essential weirdo classic.

After a two week bender, Tim Madden awakens one morning from his drunken state, only to discover everything in his life seems amiss. There's a fresh tattoo on his arm, his car is covered in blood, his girlfriend is in bed with the town sheriff, but worst of all, there's a woman's severed head in his weed stash. Sensing a setup and in desperate need to clear his name, Tim begins an investigation, with the help of his dying father, that soon begins to expose an ever stranger web of corruption, greed, blackmail, and violence woven into every aspect of the small coastal community of Provincetown.

The last feature film directed by Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Norman Mailer, TOUGH GUYS DON'T DANCE is a wild, labyrinthian, neo-noir black comedy starring Ryan O'Neal (Love Story) alongside acclaimed actors Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet), Wings Hauser (Vice Squad), Lawrence Tierney (Reservoir Dogs), and more. Equal parts brutally violent, suspenseful, and blisteringly funny, Vinegar Syndrome is proud to present the long overdue Blu-ray debut of TOUGH GUYS DON'T DANCE, newly restored in 2K from its 35mm interpositive, and featuring revealing new interviews with its cast and crew.


moment @ 45 seconds ranks as one of the best laughs ever


^ nice

ETR Media's second release arrived, trailer is NWS


Have you seen the Eugenio Mira film, The Birthday (2004), starring Corey Feldman? I saw somewhere where Feldman said it was his best acting, so I was curious. Then I found out it has no US DVD release, but seems to only have foreign ones. Found it on YouTube. It's very stylish and Lynch seems to be the biggest influence. Feldman uses a voice sorta like Jerry Lewis and acts a little Egan awkward. PDL may have been an inspiration. I would like the chance to see it in HD on Blu-ray. The director later did Grand Piano, written by Damien Chazelle. I own it, but haven't watched it. I think I will try to watch it soon now.
I am Torgo. I take care of the place while the Master is away.




December 28, 2021

Iván Zulueta's Arrebato (1979) on blu-ray from Altered Innocence, from a new 4K restoration

ARREBATO's dimension-shattering blend of heroin, sex, and Super-8 is the final word on cinemania. This towering feat of counterculture was the final feature of cult filmmaker and movie poster designer Iván Zulueta - is a film without genre, and is Pedro Almodóvar's favorite horror film!

Horror movie director José is adrift in a sea of doubt and drugs. As his belated second feature nears completion, his reclusive bubble is popped by two events: a sudden reappearance from an ex-girlfriend and a package from past acquaintance Pedro: a reel of Super-8 film, an audiotape, and a door key. From there, the boundaries of time, space, and sexuality are erased as José is once more sucked into Pedro's vampiric orbit. Together, they attempt the ultimate hallucinogenic catharsis through a moebius strip of filming and being filmed.

2022 TBD

Garth Maxwell's Jack Be Nimble (1993) on blu-ray from Altered Innocence, from a new 4K restoration

Jack and Dora, abandoned by their parents as babies, are desperate to find each other after years of adoption. Jack's (Alexis Arquette) young life has been spent with a sadistic family. Dora (Sarah Smuts-Kennedy), whose life has been somewhat better, has developed extra-sensory powers which tell her that Jack's in danger and drives her to search for him.

Unrestored Trailer

November 2021

Shinya Tsukamoto's Hiruko the Goblin (1991) on blu-ray from Mondo Macabro

Former pop sensation Kenji Sawada stars as a discredited archeologist who's drawn to a rural school following a rash of strange disappearances, only to find the institution was built on a gateway to evil housing head-ripping demonic entities searching for new hosts. Can he and a group of students figure out how to stop the creatures before all hell literally breaks loose?

Based on a manga by Daijiro Morohoshi, Tsukamoto was afforded the chance to direct this feature adaptation following the surprise international success of his amazing cyberpunk debut, TETSUO THE IRON MAN (1989). While it's more of a traditional film both narratively and stylistically, it's still full of bizarre delights—the decapitated heads running around on spider legs are quite memorable—and it's quite fun to see Tsukamoto try his hand at the most pure horror title of his career – albeit one with a twisted sense of humor.

November 2021

Pedro Ramírez's School of Death aka El colegio de la muerte (1975) on blu-ray from Mondo Macabro, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative

The outwardly respectable St. Elizabeth's Refuge in Victorian London is a place where young orphans and other female waifs and strays are trained to be good servants, destined for employment in the houses of upstanding citizens. One by one the girls are sent out into the world, never to be seen again.

The headmistress, Miss Wilkins, is a firm disciplinarian. Any of her girls who seem rebellious or wanton will be taken to the punishment room and given a good whipping by her willing assistant, Miss Colton. But should the girls fall into the hands of the sinister Dr. Krueger, their fate will be even worse.

One of the most rebellious students, Leonore - played by Spanish actress Sandra Mozarowsky - is determined to find out what happened to her friend Sylvia, who died after being sent to a rich man's house one night. What she discovers is more horrifying and twisted than she could ever have imagined. But will she live to tell the tale?

November 2021

Georg Tressler's Sukkubus (1989) on blu-ray from Mondo Macabro, from a 4K restoration of the original camera negative

This film is the story of that sacrilege and its punishment.

There's much talk these days of "folk horror". This film is the real deal, based on a gruesome and ancient story, much retold by people who live in the Alps – the huge mountain range that spans six European countries. In the summer the three herdsmen, two adults and a young apprentice took their cattle high up on the mountains where the pastures are richer. At night, holed up in their cabin there was little for them to do. Inevitably, their thoughts turned to sex. But as they were three men... what could they do? The more reckless of the men tried it on with the young boy but was soon put in his place by the group's leader, who was himself combating lustful thoughts through prayer.

One day the boy finds a peculiar tree root shaped like a face. He brings it back to the hut and makes a kind of wig for it out of old straw. That night the two older men get drunk and, seeing the strange root, they decide to use it to make a life-sized female doll, using bits of old clothing, straw and wood. They baptize their creation with strong liquor and even offer it food. And then, to their shock, the doll comes to life in the form of a beautiful woman. And that's where their nightmare really starts. Resisting their abuse of her body, the demonic doll hunts them down one by one and takes a terrible revenge.


November 2021

Paolo Levi & Giuseppe Zaccariello'sThe Laughing Woman aka Femina ridens (1969) on blu-ray from Mondo Macabro

A rich and sadistic man, who enjoys degrading women as part of elaborate S&M games, abducts a female journalist. She is subjected to his unpleasant games but soon begins subverting him.

November 23, 2021

Richard Friedman's Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge (1989) on blu-ray from Arrow

With numerous interpretations of Gaston Leroux's classic novel The Phantom of the Opera having been turned out over the years, it was only a matter of time before the slasher genre decided to take a stab at the tale – step forward 1989's Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge!

High school sweethearts Eric Matthews and Melody Austin are so in love, but their youthful romance is cut tragically short when Eric apparently dies in a fire that engulfs his family home. One year later and Melody is trying to move on with her life, taking up a job at the newly built Midwood Mall along with her friends. But the mall, which stands on the very site of Eric's former home, has an uninvited guest – a shadowy, scarred figure which haunts its airducts and subterranean passageways, hellbent on exacting vengeance on the mall's crooked developers.

October 5, 2021

Gary L. Keady's Sons of Steel (1988) on blu-ray from Future Video. Available to order here

The heavy metal futuristic action-packed adventure Sons of Steel is set in 21st century Sydney, Australia. Black Alice, rock star and man of peace, is trapped  by the fascist government and accidentally transported  into the future to witness the results of nuclear devastation. His grim discovery that he is directly responsible leads him to travel back from the future to save mankind from destruction.

Available for the first time in North America in this restored and remastered release from a 2K scan of the surviving 35mm elements, Sons of Steel is the lost sci-fi, time-traveling post-apocalyptic Ozploitation musical you'll never forget!

October 12, 2021

Augusti Villaronga's 99.9 (1997) on blu-ray from Cult Epics

Lara, the host of a radio call-in show dealing in psychic phenomena, discovers that her estranged lover has been found dead in a small Spanish village. She learns that he was conducting secret experiments searching for tortured souls trapped behind the energy of the living world.

October 26, 2021

Camillo Mastrocinque's An Angel for Satan (1966) on blu-ray from Severin

In the final film of her Italian Gothic period, the legendary Barbara Steele (BLACK SUNDAY) stars in one of the most startling erotic shockers of her entire career: When a cursed statue is recovered from a villa's lake, a young heiress (Steele) will inflict a torrent of depraved seduction and homicidal madness on the local village. Anthony Steffen (THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE), Claudio Gora (DANGER: DIABOLIK) and Marina Berti (NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS) co-star in "a EuroHorror classic featuring Steele in all her mid-'60s glory" (DVD Drive-In), co-written and directed by Camillo Mastrocinque (CRYPT OF THE VAMPIRE) and scanned in 2K from the original negative – with both the Italian and thought-lost English tracks – recently discovered in a Rome vault.

October 26, 2021

Death Whistles the Blues (1963) and Riffifi in the City (1964) on blu-ray from Severin, both restored from the original camera negatives

Following his international breakthrough with THE AWFUL DR. ORLOFF, director Jess Franco next delivered a startling pair of crime-thrillers that pistol-whipped European notions of film noir while lighting the fuse on Uncle Jess' own insane aesthetic. Set in New Orleans and based on a novel by the authors of VERTIGO, DEATH WHISTLES THE BLUES is a hard-boiled tale of betrayal, violence and revenge featuring smoky jazz compositions by Franco himself. Jean Servais of RIFIFI fame stars in RIFIFI IN THE CITY, a nihilistic trip through a pulp underworld of thugs, snitches, nightclub dames and black-gloved giallo-style murders. Both films – which led an impressed Orson Welles to hire Franco as his assistant on CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT – now feature HD scans from the original negatives for the first time ever.

November 29, 2021

Carl Schenkel's Abwarts (1984) on blu-ray from Subkultur (Germany). Region free. Pre-order here

On a Friday evening, four people climb the elevator of an office building. After this gets stuck, they quickly notice that their calls for help go unheard. Desperate, they decide to free themselves on their own and climb through a hatch to the outside. In the greatest danger to life, there is a dispute and the situation escalates completely. With every further minute in this claustrophobic narrowness, the veil of superficiality rises and reveals a glimpse into the human abyss, which is much deeper than the elevator shaft under your feet.


February 28, 2022

Dario Argento's Phenomena (1985) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Arrow (UK)

A young girl at a boarding school has telepathic power to control insects. Can her unusual capability help solve a string of murders?

March 8, 2022

Dario Argento's Phenomena (1985) on 4K UHD blu-ray from Synapse

A young girl at a boarding school has telepathic power to control insects. Can her unusual capability help solve a string of murders?

January 18, 2022

Yasuzo Masumura's Red Angel (1966) on blu-ray from Arrow

Red Angel takes an unflinching look at the horror and futility of war through the eyes of a dedicated and selfless young military nurse.

When Sakura Nishi is dispatched in 1939 to a ramshackle field hospital in Tientsin, the frontline of Japan's war with China, she and her colleagues find themselves fighting a losing battle tending to the war-wounded and emotionally shellshocked soldiers while assisting head surgeon Dr Okabe conduct an unending series of amputations. As the Chinese troops close in, she finds herself increasingly drawn to Okabe who, impotent to stall the mounting piles of cadavers, has retreated into his own private hell of morphine addiction.

Adapted from the novel by Yorichika Arima, Masumura's harrowing portrait of women and war is considered the finest of his collaborations with Ayako Wakao (A Wife Confesses, Irezumi) and features startling monochrome scope cinematography by Setsuo Kobayashi (Fires on the Plain, An Actor's Revenge).

March 15, 2022

Eloy de la Iglesia's Murder in a Blue World (1973) on blu-ray from Cauldron Films

In a violent, dystopian consumer-fed future, David (Chris Mitchum - Summertime Killer) blackmails nurse Ana (Sue Lyon - Stanley Kubrick's Lolita) after witnessing her commit a murder. When Ana and Victor (Jean Sorel - Perversion Story) discover David is a known gang member with an extensive criminal past, they make a plan to turn the tables and use him for their own clandestine purposes.

In 1971 Stanley Kubrick changed dystopian cinema forever with A Clockwork Orange. Two years later, transgressive Spanish genre director Eloy de la Iglesia unleashed this thought provoking and beautifully shot future-world that was also known as A Clockwork Terror.

February 15, 2022

Lamont Johnson's Lipstick (1976) on blu-ray from Shout Factory

Margaux Hemingway makes her film debut portraying a high-fashion model who is victimized by a brutal assailant and then again by the judicial system that's supposed to protect her. Chris Sarandon plays the music teacher who brutally attacks her and forces her to the point of desperation – and revenge.

February 8, 2022

Alberto De Martino's The Antichrist (1974) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 4K restoration

Ippolita is a paralyzed young woman with serious mental problems stemming from the death of her mother. Her crisis of faith and the intervention of a well-meaning psychologist lead Ippolita to remember her past life as a witch during the Inquisition. Eventually, Ippolita becomes possessed and starts seducing local men, only to kill them. An exorcism seems to be the only solution to stop the madness.

January 11, 2022

Ralph Bakshi's Cool World (1992) on blu-ray from Shout Factory

A comic strip vamp seeks to seduce her cartoonist creator in order to cross over into the real world.

January 4, 2022

Donald Driver's The Naked Ape (1973) on blu-ray from Code Red

The naked ape is only human. From executive producer Hugh Hefner comes this provocative adaptation of Desmond Morris' pop-zoology bestseller.

Through a series of animated and live-action vignettes starring Johnny Crawford and Victoria Principal, The Naked Ape traces the evolution of sex and offers insight into why we behave the way we do. Part docudrama, part satire, part surreal countercultural experiment, The Naked Ape exposes the naked truth about love, courtship, jealousy and violence. Can you dig it? This Playboy-produced cult classic finally reveals itself in a glorious new HD transfer!

January 11, 2022

Dario Argento's The Card Player (2004) on blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing

A Rome policewoman teams up with a British Interpol agent to find a crafty serial killer who plays a taunting game of cat-and-mouse with the police by abducting and killing young women and showing it over an Internet web cam.

Early 2022

Peter S. Traynor's Death Game aka The Seducers (1979) on blu-ray from Grindhouse Releasing, the inspiration for Eli Roth's Knock Knock (2015)

A businessman whose family is away on his birthday picks up two young girls. He takes them to his house, where they seduce him. Afterwards, however, they tie him up, torture him, trash his house, and then kill a delivery boy.

Late 2021

José Ramón Larraz's Black Candles (1982) on blu-ray from Severin

A young woman travels with her partner to England on the unexpected death of her brother. Staying with her sister-in-law, she finds her companion soon drawn into a satanic cult based in the house whose rites seem to centre somewhat on large-scale sexual congress.

December 27, 2021

Michele Soavi's StageFright (1987) on blu-ray from Shameless (UK), from a 4K restoration

Combining graphic, blood-splattered set pieces with his trademark wit and filmmaking elegance, Michele Soavi's (Dellamorte Dellamore, The Sect, The Church), Stagefright is now unleashed in a new 4K restoration.

When a masked killer infiltrates a group of actors rehearsing overnight in an isolated theatre, the stage is set for carnage! Featuring an abundance of over-the-top kills and spills, shot with Soavi's typical style, marvel at the mayhem as the iconic chainsaw wielding 'Owl Man', delivers a blood-soaked performance for the ages.

2022 TBD

Giulio Berruti's Killer Nun (1979) on blu-ray from Le chat qui fume (France)

Legendary Swedish sex bomb Anita Ekberg stars as Sister Gertrude, a cruel nun who discovers depraved pleasure in a frenzy of drug addiction, sexual degradation and sadistic murder.