School of the Holy Beast | Chicago Reader

School of the Holy Beast

91 minutes

Topless nuns flogging each other? Where do I sign up? Released in 1974 by the Toei studios, this blasphemous Japanese exploitation movie should have offended me, but I often found myself laughing out loud at its foolish audacity. A sexy young woman (Yumi Takigawa, who took the part before reading the script) joins a convent to investigate the death of her mother there years earlier and discovers a hotbed of lesbian lust and spiritually driven SMBD. Director Norifumi Suzuki doesn't have a clue about Christianity, but his delirious visual style is reminiscent of 60s Italian horror in its rich colors and hysterical zooming. Did I mention the topless nuns flogging each other?

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