She Launched a River of BLOOD
|Flavia The Heretic|
Today we have another bloody booby-flick starring my favorite movie nun, Florinda Bolkan. However, Flavia The Heretic isn't just another silly way to showcase gratuitous nudity and violence, although the film does contain ample amounts of both, it's a well acted and almost plausible account of a woman's rebellion against oppression and abuse within the cloistered life of the 15th century Catholic Church. Like many exploitation films, it's a bit of feminism shrouded by blood and boobies.
Flavia (Florinda Bolkan) is forced into a convent by her nobleman father to prevent her from succumbing to the temptation of sin. While there she witnesses horrendous abuses against her fellow nuns for even the most trivial of transgressions. She also questions the male dominated hierarchy of the Church and why all three persons of the Holy Trinity are male. Women seem to have no place in Catholic society except to be used and abused by the ruling males. They are meant to be either sexless nuns or placid, demure breeders.
|"Alright you little freshman bitches, AIR RAID!"|
The Muslims invade Italy and their intrusion into Christian dominated Europe is welcomed by Flavia, and she becomes the lover of the leader of this invading army. The Muslims rape and kill and do what invading armies do and Flavia stands by and watches it all, even as they push her father down a well to his death. She rises in power and influence and when she is almost the equal of her Muslim lover, he abandons her. The invading army leaves Italy and Flavia is left to face the wrath of the Christian people.
Flavia The Heretic is not perfect. It can be slow at times and the battle scenes between the Christians and Muslims look amateurish by today's standards. It does however feature plenty of gorrific torture scenes that make up for the crappy fights. A nun gets hot tar poured on her breasts and belly and then her nipples cut off, a monk gets an unexpected backdoor delivery from a sharpened wooden stake, etc. Also, for some reason a woman crawls into the hanging carcass of a cow. Early in the film, a horse is castrated on screen as well. I guess these may not be selling points to some, but this is an exploitation film after all.
Violence Rating/Index: 4 out of 5
Booby Rating/Index: 3.5 or 4ish out of 5 - Click to see the nude scenes.