Flavia the Heretic (1974)
aka. Flavia the Rebel Nun

Director: Gianfranco Mingozzi


"Changed By God And Man...Into A Priestess Of Violence!

Florinda Bolkan stars as Flavia, a woman forced to live the life of a nun by her demanding father. After witnessing injustices and questioning her own faith, she flees the convent in search of a better life. Her taste of freedom beyond the confines of the convent walls is cut short and she is soon recaptured, tortured and whipped for her defiance of the church. Befriending Sister Agatha, who shares her hatred of men, Flavia plots a rebellion. A bloody, violent confrontation ensues as she leads Muslim warriors to attack, rape and murder her friends in the convent. From a confused nun questioning her faith, to a violent dominating leader, Flavia's taste of absolute power comes at a dear price.

Call Flavia the Heretic what you will...a bold statement on feminism and female independence or a just one of the goriest exploitation films ever made. Synapse Films, in conjunction with International Media Films, is proud to present Flavia the Heretic in its complete, uncensored English version for the first time in the U.S. All the nudity, violence, torture and over-the-top gore effects have been restored to finally give Euro-cult fans a beautiful version of this controversial classic! With a haunting music score from Academy Award winning composer, Nicola Piovani, Flavia the Heretic is "nunsploitation" at its finest and a must-have for any fans of 1970s Euro-sleaze!" - from DVD Pacific

My oppinion:
Flavia The Heretic is thought of by many as one of the classic "nunsploitation" movies out there, and with good reason. It has its share of sleaze and some truly shocking images as well. Especially the final scene was really brutal. I won't tell you what happens, you'll just have to see it for yourself. Another freaky scene is when a woman crawls into the carcass of a cow.. That was a sick image, the acting is also pretty decent. The only negative thing I can think of is that it was a bit slow going at times, but all in all, this is definantly recommended if you like exploitation or nunsploitation movies! Just make sure you see the uncut version!

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