Plot: Sister Gertrude (Anita Ekberg) is a devoted nun who serves the elderly at a nursing home, but she has seen better days. She suffers from excruciating migraines and unable to find relief from the pain, she has turned to morphine. While she has kept her use of the powerful pain medication a secret, she has developed an addiction and that hasn’t helped her situation much. Gertrude even tries to tell one of the doctors she isn’t at all well and feels like her mind is breaking down, but her concerns aren’t given much credence. But her mind is indeed snapping, as she has intense impulses toward sexual and violent activities. Soon she starts to abuse her patients, seduce her fellow nuns, and even murder those who oppose her. Will Gertrude continue this depraved spree of lust and violence, or can someone put an end to her twisted ways?
Entertainment Value: Killer Nun is a movie that lives up to its title, as this is all about a nun who kills folks. She also tortures old people with aerobics, stares at a dead guy’s dick, and shoots up morphine. This is based on a true story, but aside from a nun who turns violent, I have no clue how much of this was taken from real life. This is more horror than exploitation, which means there’s some sleaze, but this isn’t wall to wall lesbian nun mayhem. A lot of time is taken to put inside Gertrude’s descent into the abyss, which makes all the craziness more pertinent to the movie, instead of just random nonsense. I love random nonsense though, don’t get me wrong. Anita Ekberg is fun in the lead role, embracing the vile nun and milking the role for all its worth. This movie needs a strong, bold central character and Ekberg is able to get across all the twisted shit she needs to and then some. This one also has Joe Dallesandro, Alida Valli, and Paola Morra on the cast. If you’re looking a movie about insanity, drug addiction, sadism, and sex all with a deep 70s vibe, check out Killer Nun.
This one has some epic bush, as Paola Morra reveals her pubic thicket and it is quite impressive. The movie also has some topless scenes and bare ass, but the real sleeper is an odd moment of nakedness. As Gertrude has these violent visions, she stands over a naked corpse and stares at his dong. This provides the scene a strange presence that is weird but also hilarious. A sex scene where an old man in a wheelchair gets sucked and fucked is another sexual highlight, but features no naked flesh. On the blood side, we have some graphic surgery scenes that involve some fun scalpel incisions and we can’t forget the bizarre acupuncture like situation. A candlestick death yields a little and sprinkles of crimson appear here and there. I didn’t remember too much dialogue as being outlandish or humorous, but the scene where Gertrude verbally degrades her fellow nun is quite sharp. On the crazy scale, we have a good amount of over the top moments. Gertrude having a mental break next to a corpse’s penis, trying to kill the elderly with exercise, and the overall level of sadism and mean spiritedness from Gertrude all earn points.
Overall Insanity: 5/10