School of the Holy Beast (1974)
A young Japanese woman in search of her missing mother discovers a sinister secret deep within the Sacred Heart Convent in director Noribumi Suzuki's notorious nun-exploitation classic. After taking religious vows to gain entry into the convent where her mother was last seen, Yumi Takigawa descends into a hedonistic world where sinful archbishops and whip-wielding nuns torment her in the most unholy manner imaginable. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
as Maya Takigawa
as Matsuko Ishida
as Priest Kakinuma
as Sadako Matsumara
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Critic Reviews for School of the Holy Beast
in the whole nunsploitation subgenre, only Walerian Borowczyk's Behind Convent Walls (1977) comes close to the visual heights attained here.
Audience Reviews for School of the Holy Beast
Norifumi Suzuki's "School of the Holy Beast" is quite a shocking picture develing into themes of torture, brutality, catholicism, and lesbianism. It is the usual story of a young girl who's mother has died(I guess at the Covenant) so she decides to find out what happened.
It's a ridiculous film but I couldn't help but admire the cool camera angles and bright use of vivid colors. As for the characters? My guess would be the filmmakers were more interested in the torture and sex these characters go through rather then the human conditions aspect.
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