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In the midst of life we are in death
Taunted by visions of Mary Magdalene, who reveals the confessions of the younger nuns at the convent, the Mother Superior's mind is filled with the violent, sexual acts of her fellow sisters. | Add synopsis »
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Sally Tremaine ... Mother Superior
Moyna Cope ... Abbess

Simon Hill ... Abbot - Father Henry
Kristina Bill ... Mary Magdalene
Rachel Taggart ... Catechism

Eileen Daly ... Repression
Daisy Weston ... Sister Brigitte / Nun
Moses Rockman ... Richard

Emily Booth ... Williams Girl
Willow ... Herself
Laura Plair ... Succubi
Leasa Carlyon ... Nun / Peasant
Mary Grant ... Nun
Nicole Bouchet ... Incarcerated Nun / Sister Helen
Louise Ross ... Mad Nun
Cindy Read ... Whipping Nun / Female Christ
Michelle Thorne ... Sister Sarah
Marc Morris ... Inquisitor
Chris Charlston ... Inquisitor
Hannah Callow ... Sister Helena
Amanda Dawkins ... Sister Mary
Majella Shepherd ... Novice Catherine

Christopher Adamson ... Father Peter
Philip Serfaty ... Father James
Louise Linehan ... Maid Marion
Cassandra Bochsler ... Sister Teresa

Anneka Svenska ... Sister Ann
Sarah McLean ... Sister Jane

Directed by
Nigel Wingrove 
Writing credits
Nigel Wingrove (written by)

Produced by
Louise Ross .... producer
Mark Sloper .... executive producer
Original Music by
Steve Pittis 
Cinematography by
Chris Herd 
James MacDonald 
Film Editing by
Chris Shaw 
Jake West 
Art Direction by
Nigel Wingrove 
Costume Design by
Dena Costello 
Makeup Department
Liberty Shaw .... makeup artist
Sally Smith .... makeup artist
Production Management
Amie Henry .... production manager
Chloe Saxby .... production manager
Art Department
Asregadoo Arundi .... designer
Tony Gibas .... set designer
Chris Jennings .... design director
John Murrell .... graphic designer
Dallas Synnott .... design production manager
Sound Department
Nigel Glynn-Davies .... dubbing mixer
Miles Green .... sound effects editor
Julian Kyle .... dubbing mixer
Tom Webster .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Carol Bohanon .... still photographer
Dave Hurley .... assistant camera
Janey Thomas .... still photographer
John Walton .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Martin Sansom .... colorist
Tim Smith .... editor: editbox
Jake West .... additional editor
Jake West .... editor: title sequence
Other crew
Sue Edwards .... equestrian handler
Sian Fletcher .... equestrian handler
Lisa Lloyd .... title sequence graphics

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Mary Magdalene:I believe this is one of your personal favourites, and it does demonstrate my point rather well: if desire is suppressed for long enough, it will eventually be a force for evil.See more »
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Failed Nunsploitation Tribute, 14 December 2008
Author: Rapeman from New Zealand

British imprint Redemption Films have been releasing obscure Eurotrash films since the early 90s. Their early VHS releases of films such as Tombs of the Blind Dead, The Living Dead Girl and Virgin Among the Living Dead were instrumental in triggering my love of cult cinema when I discovered them at my local video store. In 1989 Redemption founder Nigel Wingrove made a short film, Visions of Ecstasy, which was banned outright by the BBFC on grounds of blasphemy. Wingrove fought the BBFC in court - losing his home and many of his possessions in the process due to the hefty lawyer costs - but lost the case. To date, Visions of Ecstasy remains the only film banned in the UK for blasphemous libel. Now it seems Wingrove has decided to stage a "comeback" with another "blasphemous" film, again of the Nunsploitation variety.

The basic plot of Sacred Flesh centres around Mother Superior Elizabeth who is possessed by devils. The convent's Abbess is rightfully concerned about her and writes a letter to a local Abbot requesting him to come and check her out and maybe exorcise some demons. That's about all there is plotwise, the rest of the film's brief runtime is taken up with the Mother Superior's nightmarish visions, long monologues on sexual repression within the Catholic church, and the typical lesbo-nun action, flagellation, bondage-crucifixion, etc.

Mother Superior Elizabeth is torn by Catholic guilt, between the repression of lust she is taught, and the sexual abandon she craves, her hallucinogenic revelations involve: on the one hand Mary Magdalene condoning sexual freedom and condemning the Catholic church, and on the other the "Death Nun" extolling the virtues of chastity and threatening hellfire & damnation. I imagine in Nigel Wingrove's mind he is probably quite proud of himself for producing yet another artistic, highly controversial piece of blasphemous filth but in reality this chunk of shot-on-video junk is basically low budget soft porn masquerading as highbrow art. Mary's rambling, awkwardly worded anti-Catholic tirades come off as pseudo-intellectual bullshit, that's purely there as an attempt to add some class to this low budget tits 'n' ass show.

For a medieval piece set in the early 1900s I find it strange that the nuns sport copious amounts of whorish make-up and silicone, some even flaunt bellybutton & tongue piercings and freshly shaved pussies. I wasn't surprised then to discover that half of the cast are actually British porn stars moonlighting as "actresses".

Now, usually I'd really dig this (or any) kinda sleaze especially when there's the added bonus of skanky nuns, but I think what initially put me off here was the fact that Wingrove is trying so hard to emulate the spirit of 70s European exploitation and completely fails (although the horrendous acting and shitty script didn't help much either). Trying to hide your lack of budget behind some flashy editing and lighting then throwing in some didactic bullshit does not a good film make.

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