Flavia the Heretic – Italian: Flavia, la monaca musulmana – is a 1974 French co-produced Italian nunsploitation horror film directed by Gianfranco Mingozzi. It stars Florinda Bolkan, Anthony Higgins, and Claudio Cassinelli. It is set in Apulia during the Ottoman invasion of Otranto. It was also released Flavia, Priestess of Violence! in the USA and in the UK, heavily cut, as The Rebel Nun.
Italy 1600: A convent of nuns is invaded by the Tarantula Sect on their annual pilgrimage. The cultists defile the place of worship, holding orgies in the chapel and desecrating the altar. One nun decides she can’t take the religious oppression any longer and attempts to flee the convent…
“Arguably the most notorious entry in Italy’s nunsploitation cycle of the 1970s, Flavia the Heretic is a charged combination of arthouse politics and grindhouse sleaze, the exact combination that makes current distributors run screaming. Often released on video in watered-down editions, this nasty concoction is best experienced full strength and gains much of its strength by developing dynamic, interesting characters whose grisly fates pack more of a punch than a dozen slashers.” Mondo Digital
“I personally loved the film, with sweeping visuals, starring personal favorite Florinda Bolkan, and genuinely surprising plot developments that kept me interested throughout the running time. Fans of the film should obviously grab the disc up right away, but any curious newcomers must get rid of any preconceptions and settle in for a history lesson with added blood and guts.” DVD Drive-In
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