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The Killer Nun (1979)

Suor Omicidi (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 10 May 1979 (Italy)
2:55 | Trailer
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.


Giulio Berruti


Giulio Berruti, Enzo Gallo (idea) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Anita Ekberg ... Sister Gertrude
Alida Valli ... Mother Superior
Massimo Serato ... Dr. Poirret
Daniele Dublino ... Hospital Director
Laura Nucci ... The Baroness
Alice Gherardi Alice Gherardi ... Nurse Céline
Ileana Fraia Ileana Fraia ... Florence (as Ileana Fraja)
Lee De Barriault Lee De Barriault ... Nurse
Antonietta Patriarca Antonietta Patriarca
Sofia Lusy ... Janet
Nerina Montagnani Nerina Montagnani ... Josephine
Franco Caracciolo ... Priest in Confessional
Maria Sofia Amendolea Maria Sofia Amendolea ... Nun
Chicca Thomas Chicca Thomas
Manlio Pierotti Manlio Pierotti


A demented nun sliding through morphine addiction into madness, whilst presiding over a regime of lesbianism, torture and death. Sister Gertrude is the head nurse/nun in a general hospital, whose increasingly psychotic behavior endangers the staff and patients around her. Written by Arthur Workman <arthur49@user1.channel1.com>

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Joe Dallesandro's voice is dubbed by another actor in the English language version. See more »

Alternate Versions

The first german video release with the title "Geständnis einer Nonne" (Bavaria Video/IMV Video) was cut by about two minutes to remove gory sequences. The later german Video release, entitled "Die Nonne" (I.F.R. Video) presents the uncut version. See more »


Referenced in The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2013) See more »


Dies Irae - Day of Wrath
Latin funeral hymn
Sung by the nuns over the opening credits
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A mild disappointment
31 July 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

This is an interesting film about nuns and murder that was shocking in it's day, but suffers in three areas.

First, it stars Anita Ekberg in her most skintastic role. No, you don't get to see her 40-23-38 body, just a brief flash of bun as she manages to get a quickie in town while she is stocking up on her drugs. Yes, she is a junkie nun and she also has a mental illness or brain disease. You never know which as everyone denies there is anything wrong with her. However, she is prone to fits of rage. Is she capable of murder? The murders starts when she returns from town. They are not particularly gruesome, and those looking for giallo will be disappointed.

Finally, there is a hint of lesbianism, but those looking for full blown nunsploitation should look elsewhere. Her roommate is Italian Playboy Playmate Paola Morra, in her first film. Now, Paola does swing both ways and does give full frontal. She is definitely something to see as she is incredible beautiful, but there is no action between her and Ekberg - you just have to imagine it.

The film was well directed and well written. It was an interesting work, but I feel that it will disappoint more than it will entertain.

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