Monday, October 16, 2017

THE OTHER HELL (1980) Blu-ray review

The Other Hell (1980) d. Mattei, Bruno (Italy) (1st viewing) 88 min

Back in the day when he and fellow countryman and schlock merchant Claudio Fragasso (Rats: Nights of Terror, Troll 2) would pretty much wander back and forth between each other’s sets and trade off directing scenes, Mattei conjured this outrageous slice of Nunsploitation that does it utmost to shock and awe and urggghhhh at every turn.

With a full trough of graphic scenes depicting stigmata, crotch stabbings, reanimated corpses, blasphemous ramblings, misogyny, and general hysteria, it would be genuinely offensive if it weren’t so over-the-top in its presentation, with the end result being far more entertaining than it has any right to be. Franca Stoppi (Beyond the Darkness), Carlo De Mejo (Women’s Prison Massacre) and Franco Garofalo (Hell of the Living Dead) co-star, with a Goblin musical score (lifted from other films)!

According to the Severin website, this blu-ray presentation is newly transferred from a 35mm print discovered behind a false wall in a Bologna nunnery, which is just the cherry atop this sleaze sundae. (I love the idea of some nutty nuns sneaking down to the basement to hold covert screenings.) Special features include an audio commentary track with Fragasso (who co-scripted) alongside Freak-O- Rama’s Federico Caddeo, interviews with Mattei, Stoppi, and Mejo, the original theatrical trailer, and some snazzy reversible cover art.

The Other Hell is available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Severin Films and can be ordered HERE:


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