Nun of That (2009)
Directed by Richard Griffin
I've been on an exploitation kick of sorts. Having seen Bitch Slap and singing the praises of Black Dynamite and Black Devil Doll, its been all 'sploitation all the time.
I hyped the film a while back and after winning a contest on Alternative Cinema, I got 4 DVDs from Shock-O-Rama Cinema including Nun of That.
So after cheering the shit out of the other 3 movies above, where does this heavenly movie stand?
It's pretty solid.
Richard Griffin (who directed Splatter Disco and Beyond the Dunwich Horror) takes the campy premise of crime fighting nuns going all renegade and taking on the Mafia and makes it part Troma film, part exploitation homage and as politically incorrect as you can be.
It's totally goofy, totally over the top and totally nun-tastic!
When you watch Shock-o-rama films, you have to take a different perspective. It's DIY cinema. Sure there are budget limitations, its got B-level dialogue and the CGI is laughable. But you genuinely see the director, the crew and the actors all give it their best and sometimes, something miraculous happens.
You get a fun flick.
Sister Kelly Wrath has got a habit… of flying off the handle. After being gunned down in an alley, she ascends to heaven to receive training from some of the great figures of religious mythology. She is then set back to Earth to join the other members of the Order of the Black Habit, a group of supernatural vigilante nuns, as they fight evil and seek revenge against the mob.
Well you gotta give them credit, the nunsploitation genre of grindhouse flicks hasn't been tapped for a while. It was about time for a reboot. If you're a Catholic or God fearing Republican, you may have a heart attack after you see Nun of That. This ain't Sister Act.
So who are these nuns in the Order of the Black Habit?
- Sister Wrath: She's a got temper like Jules and likes her women a la lesbo.
- Sister Pride: She probably make Ellen her bitch
- Sister Lust: Black mamba with a side of vengeance
- Sister Gluttony: Food is her mortal sin
- She gets trained by Gandhi in the art of non violence violence
- Sees J-man sing a musical number
- Meets her guardian angel
- Big Mama (the mama kingpin)
- Richie Corbucci (the #2)
- Viper Goldstein (a Jewish assassin)
- And various henchmen
- A massacre of justice at a strip club
- A trip to an all nun bar called Bar-Nun
- A final climactic battle at a whorehouse
It's B-level justice delivered in short bursts of hilarity. Standard gunshots to the head, torso and a few Jewish ninja stars all make this a very fun flick Jesus would be proud of. Sure you get your standard molesting priest, Jewish jokes, lesbo nuns and holy priests (get it?), but its all tongue and cheek and tongue on tongue (wink wink) fun.
This is actually the first Richard Griffin or Shock-o-rama film I've seen since Cannibal Campout and I thought I'd have a hard time diggin the B-level and Troma like humor. But the fact is, the Troma movies tend to grow on you (I mean Poultrygeist was freakin damn good) and here you get special appearances from Debbie Rochon and Lloyd Kaufman giving their stamp of approval.
So when you get in the mood to see mindless entertainment and want to see nuns kickin ass, Nun of That might be your prayers answered.
Lots of gunshot trauma
You'd think we'd get lots of boobies, but Nun of That stays pretty clothed
Viper Goldstein the Jewish assassin needs his own movie
The Jaded Viewer's Final Prognosis
You kinda know what to expect when your watching a movie like Nun of That. I found it totally turn off your brain good. I mean it's not as good as Black Devil Doll or the others I mentioned but it's not irritatingly bad as you'd think it would be.
It's available via AlternativeCinema.com
Check out the trailer below.
Here is the Nun of That 48 Hour Film Version
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