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Guardian of Hell (1981)

L'altro inferno (original title)
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Nuns become possessed by the Devil and lust after the abbot!


(as Stefan Oblowsky)


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Complete credited cast:
Franca Stoppi ...
Mother Vincenza
Carlo De Mejo ...
Father Valerio
Francesca Carmeno ...
Susan Forget ...
Sister Rosaria
Franco Garofalo ...
Boris (as Frank Garfeeld)
Paola Montenero ...
Sister Assunta
Ornella Picozzi ...
(as Sandy Samuel)
Andrea Aureli ...
Father Inardo (as Andrew Ray)


A priest investagates paranormal activity at a nuns' convent where a deep, dark secret is about to resurface in the guise of murder! Could the devil be behind this, or is that just what Mother Superior wants everyone to believe? Written by Humberto Amador

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Release Date:

22 January 1981 (Italy)  »

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Guardian of Hell  »

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Did You Know?


Mother Vincenza: The genitals are the door to evil! The vagina, the uterus, the womb; the labyrinth that leads to hell; the devil's tools!
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Referenced in Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered - Volume 1 (2008) See more »


Le Cascate di Viridiana
Written by Massimo Morante (as Morante), Claudio Simonetti (as Simonetti), Fabio Pignatelli (as Pignatelli), Agostino Marangolo (as Marangolo)
Based on LP "Il Fantastico viaggio del bagarozzo Mark"
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3 November 2001 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

This Italian nunsploitation epic has been referred to be a plethora of adjectives, including sleazy, low-grade, and stupid. Perhaps these descriptions fit, but there is definitely some fun to be had for the initiated.

Weird, seemingly supernatural events plague a convent, and priest Carlo De Mejo tries to figure it all out. The perverse proceedings start off interestingly, with a nutty nun carving out the uterus of one of her sisters, ranting maniacally about how "the genitals are the doorway to EVIL!" (The first, but thankfully not last, instance of hilarious "shock" dialogue.) This is a Big Moment; the movie contains a number of Big Moments strung together by indifferent, uneventful stretches in which people argue, a creepy gardener lurks about, etc. Often possessing little regard for style or visual creativity, the film ping-pongs between effectiveness and boredom; the high points are memorably bizarre and demented, while the lows will make you seriously consider a nap.

The makeup effects range from good (a nun breaking out with stigmata) to atrocious (burn scars resembling plastic vomit). The photography is overly dark and burdened even further with bad color (everything is given a sickly yellow cast, as if they forgot to clean the camera lens). De Mejo isn't very interesting, but Franca Stoppi is marvelously over the top as bitchy Mother Vincenzia. Along the course of the story, elements from a number of more successful films--Carrie, The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby, Suspiria--are lifted and tossed into the cauldron. On the subject of Suspiria, the one truly high-quality aspect of The Other Hell is Goblin's pounding electronic score.

Indeed, this movie is not going to win any prizes, but trashfiends will probably get a kick out of it despite the flaws. If you find naughty nun sinema to be your garbage of choice, this may be the dumpster for you.

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