The Other Hell
Guardian of Hell / The Presence
Arcangelo Picchi for Cinemec
directed by Bruno Mattei (as Stefan Oblowsky)
starring Franca Stoppi, Carlo De Mejo, Francesca Carmeno, Susan Forget, Franco Garofalo (as Frank Garfeeld), Paola Montenero, Sandy Samuel, Andrea Aureli (as Andrew Ray), Tom Felleghy
screenplay by Claudio Fargasso, based on an idea by Bruno Mattei, music by Goblin (lifted from Buio Omega)
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There are many mysterious deaths happening in a nunnery, so the church
sends Father Valerio (Carlo De Mejo), a clergyman who has devoted his life
to science, to investigate. But he fails to come up with an explanation
for much that happens in the convent, and ultimately tracks the deaths
back to the Mother Superior (Franca Stoppi), who years ago had a child
with the devil (!) which the then Mother Superior tried to kill in boiling
water - but only disfigured her.
And now ... the child with the devil,
Elisa (Francesca Carmeno) has fallen in love with Father Valerio, which
her mother cannot permit, that's why she stabs Elisa (don't ask why), but
with her dying breath, Elisa brings all the dead nuns back to life and
they brutally kill the Mother Superior. And confronted with zombie nuns
and everything, Father Valerio goes crazy.
A weird combination
of nunsploitation (though with very little nudity) and the then
fashionable zombie-genre, The Other Hell is nevertheless a typical
Bruno Mattei-movie. Obviously he cannot be bothered with character
development or even interesting characters as such, he can't even be
bothered with a comprehensible story - but he delivers the goods,
presenting the audience with one shock after another, even if the shocks
are crude and at times make little sense in the story's context., all done
to the music by Goblin he has blatantly lifted from another movie, Joe
D'Amato's much better Buio Omega.
The result is of course a pretty bad film, but for trashfans like myself,
it's also a perfect partymovie, a film that doesn't require its audience
to concentrate on the plot too much only to have them cheer at its
gruesome scenes and laugh at its incongruencies.
This of course doesn't
make The Other Hell any better - just more entertaining.