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Killer Nun is a messy horror film under the ‘nunsploitation’ label though outside of a sometimes intense performance from Anita Ekberg and some interesting moments here and there, this never quite captured my attention.



Killer Nun
— a.k.a. Suor Omicidi —

Genre(s): Comedy, Mystery
Warner Bros. | G – 75 min. – $19.99 | May 22, 2018

Date Published: 05/27/2018 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Suzi Yoonessi
Writer(s): Kyle Mack & Caitlin Meares (written by)
Cast: Sarah Jeffery, Sarah Gilman, Vanessa Marano

Features: Featurettes, Gag Reel
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc Size: NA
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

Arrow Video provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.

THE MOVIE — 2.25/5

Plot Synopsis: A demented nun Sister Gertrude (ANITA EKBERG) tortures and kills patients while having a sexual relationship with another nun, Sister Mathieu (PAOLA MORRA), and also abusing drugs.

Quick Hit Review: I’m not fully familiar with the ‘nunsploitation’ type of films, in fact Killer Nuns might be the first one I’ve seen all the way through. As such, it does tend to follow familiar themes with other Italian films of the era, often messy films with sloppy or chaotic editing, more often to obscure the true killer. This one just has the added bonus of characters being nuns.

But even with all its problems with the storytelling, I will say Anita Ekberg, a Swedish beauty in her ‘older’ (if 38 is actually considered old), was quite good in the role and still was a great splendor which made her actions feel even a little more authentic, and the lovely Paola Morra held her own.

Killer Nun isn’t at all terrible but at times it felt disjointed at times but keeping the film afloat was the performances from Ekberg and Morra. Maybe if you’re a fan of Italian cinema or ‘nunsploitation’ specifically, might get something more out of this.



This release comes with a 44-page booklet and the cover artwork is reversible.

Audio Commentary — Italian genre film connoisseurs Adrian J. Smith and David Flint. This is a pretty academic track but anyone interested in Italian cinema, will get an informative history lesson, especially as it pertains to Killer Nun.


  • Beyond Convent Walls (29:19) — This is a new video essay by Kat Ellinger discussing ‘nunsploitation’ and specifically, Killer Nun.
  • Our Mother of Hell (51:51) is a new and lengthy interview with director Giulio Berruti, talking about his career and recollections on working on Killer Nun.
  • Cut & Noise (20:31) — New interview with editor Mario Giacco.
  • Starry Eyes (23:47) — Another new interview, this time with actress Ileana Fraja (Florence).

Theatrical Trailers:

  • Italian Trailer (2:56)
  • International Trailer (2:56)

Image Gallery (3:40)


VIDEO – 4.75/5

Arrow Video releases Killer Nun onto Blu-ray presented with a 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio. The 1080p high-definition transfer was scanned and restored from the original 35mm camera negative, in 2K resolution. The restoration included the removal of dirt, debris, scratches and other instances of film wear which was removed and/or repaired. Other than some minor film damage (a few instances of vertical lines were noticeable), this was a near-pristine picture, detail is incredibly sharp throughout and the natural film grain and noise has been retained while colors are generally vivid and bright.

AUDIO – 4.5/5

The disc includes both an English (default) and Italian language mono track options which sounded also sounded excellent, outputting crisp and clear dialogue and some modest depth, showcasing the sounds of the hospital and ambient noises. There wasn’t any noticeable instances of pops or hisses so it’s another well done restoration job for Arrow Video.


OVERALL – 3.0/5

Killer Nun is a messy horror film under the ‘nunsploitation’ label though outside of a sometimes intense performance from Anita Ekberg and some interesting moments here and there, this never quite captured my attention, though it’s not bad and any budding Italian cinema fans out there might get something out of it.





Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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