Since The Nun made it’s debut this past summer, a slew of nunsploitation films have been announced or released. The one that most are curious about is Darren Lynn Bousman’s (Saw II–IV, Repo! The Genetic Opera) foray into the subgenre, St. Agatha. The trailer made its online debut this past week. Consider my curiosity risen a few levels towards the Lord.
Recently picked up by Uncork’d Entertainment, St. Agatha is written by Andy Demetrio, Shaun Fletcher, Sara Sometti Michaels, and Clint Sears, and stars Sabrina Kern, Carolyn Hennesy (True Blood, Revenge), Courtney Halverson (Unfriended), Trin Miller (Insidious: Chapter 2), and Hannah Fierman (V/H/S, Siren).
St. Agatha is set in 1950’s Georgia and fixes on a pregnant con woman who is on the run and seeks refuge in a convent. What first starts out as the perfect place to have a child turns into a dark lair where silence is forced, ghastly secrets are masked, and every bit of willpower Agatha has is tested as she learns the sick and twisted truth of the convent and the odd people that lurk inside its halls.
Dark. Mysterious. Faceless nuns. Quick cuts of the insanity that was promised in NOFS’s review from co-editor Jonathan Dehaan where he said that the film had “a few scenes that made me (and a theatre full of hardened horror fans) squirm, not to mention a finale that was just pure primal rage.”
It could be just me, but the film does have that Suspiria feel, as well, in the sense that a girl is taken into a situation that seems to be ran by a group who have the most sinister of plans. Thanks to the trailer, we become privy to the knowledge that those plans involve the girl’s unborn child. It also seems that these nuns have a thing for the unborn children of other girls. Whatever they have planned, these nuns look to be nunsploitationing up the genre in the darkest sense. Darren Lynn Bousman has proven that he can do a dark and twisted story with his 2016 film, Abbatoir (2016).
Get on your knees with St. Agatha when it hits select theaters and On Demand on February 8th, 2019. Douse us with your holy thoughts on the film after it’s release on Twitter, Reddit, or The Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook.