A mentally disturbed nun develops some nasty habits (sorry!) in this cult horror tale.
Suffering from a brain disorder, morphine-addicted Sister Gertrude (an over-the-hill Anita Ekberg) spins out of control. She tries to get help, but none of her colleagues at the catholic hospital in Brussels where she works as head nurse take her seriously – until someone starts murdering the patients.
Gertrude’s erratic behaviour makes her the prime suspect, so the Mother Superior has her committed . . . but the murders continue.
Originally classified as a Video Nasty in the UK and banned in Italy, Killer Nun is often singled out as a prime example of the “Nunsploitation” film genre, which began with Ken Russell’s The Devils (1971),
The film is based on the true story of Belgian nun Sister Godfrida (real name Cecilia Bombeek), who killed three people in 1976/1977.
Following a brain operation, Sister Godfrida’s behaviour changed, and she became addicted to morphine, took lovers of both sexes and robbed patients to maintain a lavish lifestyle.
Amid this, she began to treat patients cruelly, including killing three with insulin overdoses.
Dr Patrick Roland