Other Hell, The / L'altro inferno (1981)

2.0 out of 5

After a series of mysterious deaths and supernatural events occur at a convent, skeptical priest Carlo De Mejo is called upon to investigate. The nuns are convinced it’s the work of the devil, but the suspicious behavior of Mother Superior Franca Stoppi leads Father Valerio to wonder if the deaths were actually murders.

Bruno Mattei’s nunsploitation film, which was co-written by Claudio Fragasso, is a relatively tame affair compared to others in the subgenre, with hardly a trace of nudity or sexual content. It shamelessly takes inspiration from a number of films, notably The Exorcist, Carrie, and Suspiria. The Goblin soundtrack is recycled music from D’Amato’s Beyond the Darkness, used in the most inappropriate of places. Poorly constructed special effects sequences are shown in ill-advised close-ups, such as red lights to indicate demon eyes or an obvious doll in place of a human child.

Although at times painfully slow-moving, The Other Hell benefits from a number of creepy set pieces, including atmospheric scenes of characters walking through dark passages of ancient catacombs. The acting is somewhat over the top, with Stoppi turning in a particularly maniacal performance near the end. The Other Hell is surprisingly entertaining despite its lack of innovation.

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