Holy Terror (1995) from Tuna

Holy Terror (2002) is a Massimiliano Cerchi horror film shot for next to nothing in one week in Las Vegas. A young couple gets a bargain on a house rental, not realizing that the house is haunted by an evil nun who delights in killing young people. Several of their friends come over for a party, as well as their landlord, and evil nun does most of them in.

The only positive in the film is the presence of two lengthy topless scenes from star Beverly Lynne, Playboy lingerie model and former NFL cheerleader for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1998-2000. I could make little or no sense of the plot, nor some of the things that happen at the "party." We never find out where the evil nun came from, or why the landlord was under her power and expected to rent to young couples.


see the main commentary

There is a full length commentary, and I was hoping Cerchi would shed soem light on the plot, or at least why on earth he created this film, but it was the driest commentary I have ever heard. Cerchi did explain the shower scene with Lynne, where the soap suddenly, inexplicably, covers her with blood. The reason? It is a required scene in any horror film. I hate to be harsh, but I found myself asking what led Cerchi to believe that he had made a film worth showing people.

The Critics Vote ...

  • Super-panel consensus: two and a half stars. Ebert 2.5/4, Berardinelli 2.5/4.

  • General UK consensus: two stars. Mail 4/10, Telegraph 4/10, Independent 4/10, Guardian 2/10, Times 6/10, Sun 5/10, Express 6/10, BBC 3/5

The People Vote ...

  • IMDB summary. The IMDB score of 8.6 with 5 votes is a pretty good indication that the cast and crew have voted. 
  • Box Office Mojo. It was budgeted at $47 million for production, and the distribution/advertising costs are estimated around $30 million. It did nine million in its first five days, in 2400 theaters. (On the average, the studios get about 55% of box office receipts, the theater owners 45%.)

Miscellaneous ...

  • Official page
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The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

Based on this description, this is a D.

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