Images in a Convent (1994) from Tuna

Images in a Convent is a soft-core nunsploitation film from Joe D'Amato with a smattering of hard-core action. D'Amato explains that as a boy in Italy, he considered nuns erotic, hence his choice of topic.

A countess (Paola Senatore) is stuck in a convent per the last request of her dead father, who intended to keep her from the arms of her lusty uncle. She expresses her true feelings to her mother superior by wearing her habit with breasts exposed. The nunnery is a hot bed of lesbian activity, and while Senatore is having an erotic dream about her handsome uncle, Paola Maiolini exposes and fondles her. Then Maiolini is caught by Marina Frajese, who takes her to the cellar, strips and whips her, then eats her pussy.

Things heat up when an injured young man is given refuge at the convent. He bears a remarkable resemblance to an evil statue in the garden. Convinced that the devil has certainly possessed the convent, the mother superior soon sends Marina Frajese to fetch an exorcist. She is raped on the way. The exorcist finally shows up to a whole convent full of fornicating and masturbating nuns. The bit of hard-core content comes toward the end, first when there is clear oral sex in the rape scene, and later when one nun uses a wooden dildo on another.

D'Amato began his career as a photographer, and this background shows through in many scenes. Even with the drab color palette required by a convent setting, he was able to create visually interesting scenes. This is exploitation at its best: a reasonably coherent story as an excuse for good photography of nearly non-stop sex and nudity, with the added benefit of a sacrilegious attitude.




Paola Senatori, Paola Maiolini, and Marina Frajese do full-frontal nudity, as do various unidentified actresses in the convent.

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Based on this description, it's a C+. It is at the summit of Eurotrash sexploitation films.

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