Director: Alan W. Cools
Cast: Mariangela Giordano, Jacqueline Dupre, Aldo Sambrell
Severin Films / Color / NTSC R1 / Unrated / Widescreen 1.66:1 / Dolby Digital Mono / Italian / English Subtitles / 73 mins / Purchase at DIABOLIKDVD.COM
The Aguilar family – asshole patriarch Antonio (euro-sleaze veteran Aldo Sambrell), invalid uncle Ignazio, daughter Miria – live in a large Gothic castle along with servant Isidro and caretaker/soon-to-be-nun, Sol. The matriarch of the Aguilar family, Maria, dies of an apparent heart attack and while the daughter, Miria, is visiting her, she sits up from her death bed and traumatizes Miria and scares the rest of the family. The family doctor writes it off as a muscle spasm. But the superstitious servant doesn’t believe it. He believes the mother’s spirit has invaded her daughter. So he sets his sights on ridding the innocent daughter of the malicious spirit of her mother.
His suspicions are true and Maria begins to speak to her daughter in an otherworldly voice and take control of her body so that she can exact her revenge on everyone that stands in her way of what she wants. Miria being possessed sets in motion acts of betrayal, seduction, murder and lustful family secrets. Will Maria get her revenge? Will the secrets destroy the family? Will we see a nun’s boob-ahs?
This is basically a retelling of Malabimba only not quite as good. And by “good”, I mean as sleazy or interesting. This may be partially because the Severin disk of SBD is not the hardcore version released in Italy. Basically meaning you get to see lots of boobs, a few va-jay-jays, and even a couple penises (peni?) but no actual hardcore scrumpin’. It’s also partially due to the leading ladies Miria and Maria – both whom are naked throughout the movie – are not very attractive. Miria is cute but she isn’t anything special and Maria looks like she has dropped a litter or two and is a little stretched out.
And aside from the tame sex (now that I think about it, I don’t remember any actual sex scenes at all!) and yawn inducing nudity, the characters are really boring. Even Mariangela Giordano, who reprises her role as the sexy nun, isn’t nearly as interesting as her “Sofia” character from Malabimba. This one does feel a little more like a horror movie in that it has one zombie/mummy-type thingie, a couple murders, a ghostly figure and a weird witchdoctor servant guy. Is it scary? Nope. Does it work as a fun, sleaze-filled euro-romp? I don’t think so. Would 15 year old boys who have only seen boobs on Skinemax love it? Yes, if they could fast-forward through the boring parts.
On a quick side note, I did like the Luis Royo-style DVD cover.