Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 7th, 2005
Theatrical Release Date: UK, 2000
Director: Nigel Wingrove
Writer: Nigel Wingrove
Cast: Sally Tremaine, Moyna Cope, Simon Hill, Kristina Bill, Rachel Taggart
DVD Released:November 15th, 2005
Approximate Running Time: 72 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Surround English
DVD Release: Heretic Films
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: Mother Superior Elizabeth appears to be possessed as she claims to be having vision in which she is visited by Mary Magdalene who forces her to re-evaluate her concepts of sexuality and evil. Elizabeth’s faith is pushed to the limits with each new visit from Mary Magdalene who shows her that there are many others nuns burning with desire just like her with in the convent. Will Elizabeth’s faith be enough to get her through this madness that has overcome her or will she succumb to her repressed sexual desires?
What is there not to love about the Nunsplotation genre? You have nuns ready to disrobe at any moment and commit acts of lesbianism. Nunsplotation is one of the more obscure genres in the history of cinema that peaked in popularity by the mid 1970’s. Since the decline of this genre many have tried to capture the essence this genre and very few have succeeded. Nigel Wingrove direction is inspired at times and it is amazing just what he is able to get up on the screen considering that he shot this film in a mere eight days. The films opening credits set the tone immediately as religious icons float though what looks like blood and water.
The story is pretty standard and the acting is adequate at best. These things could normally hurt most films, but then you don’t watch a Nunsplotation for its acting or tightly woven plot. Sacred Flesh is a perfect title for this film as there is much screen time devoted to nuns with curvy figures and ample sized breasts who like to please each other and take off their clothes. The films photography is simply exquisite as every frame is carefully composed and all the women in the film look stunning. The films ambient score he drive the action.
There are also several soft-core lesbian scenes that push the limits of soft-core as the participants come very close to crossing the line into hardcore. The films finale climatic orgy is epic in length and it will leave you exhausted and feeling dirty. The films pacing does drag mostly in scenes that include Father Henry and his servant Richard. The scenes involving the nuns as they get down and nasty are the ones that move by the quickest. Overall Sacred Flesh has all the cliché’s we have come to expect when watching a Nunsplotation film.
Heretic films present Sacred Flesh in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. The colors look lucid and the flesh tones look natural which is very important since there are plenty of naked flesh on display through out this film. The black levels remain strong through out and details look sharp in the background and foreground. There are no noticeable problems with compression or artifacts. The source material used for this transfer is in great shape as there are no signs of print damage and the image remains stable through out.
This release comes with only one audio option a Dolby Digital surround mix in English. Dialog is clean and clear. The music and effects pack a lot punch as they sound evenly balanced. Overall I was really impressed with just how full this sound mix is as it fully engulfs the viewer into the world they are watching.
Extras for this release include the films original theatrical trailer and a teaser trailer. Other extras include publicity materials, soundtrack CD images, selected storyboards, photographic stills and behind the scenes are all image based gallery extras. The main extra for this release is an audio commentary with the films director Nigel Wingrove the founder of Salvation films. Overall this is one of the better commentaries that I have heard in a while as Wingrove doesn’t hold back and reveals many interesting tidbits about the making of this film like it was shot in a mere eight days and that he hired nude models for all the lesbian love making scenes.
Heretic films have put together a phenomenal release that not only comes with a first rate audio/video presentation it has a wide variety of interesting extras. Sacred Flesh is a solid entry into the Nunsplotation genre that never strays to far away from what ultimately make these films work, recommended.