ST. AGATHA (2018)
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
Written by Andy Demetrio, Shaun Fletcher, Sara Sometti Michaels, Clint Sears
Starring Sabrina Kern, Carolyn Hennesy, Courtney Halverson, Marsha Fee Berger, Hannah Fierman, Seth Michaels, Trin Miller, Lindsay Seim, Shaun Fletcher, Jayson Warner Smith, Maximus Murrah, Rachael Gavrielli, Marion Guyot, Marilyn Light, Justin Miles, John Penick, Candy Rachor
Nunsploitation. It’s a thing. Some of the more memorable ones were Bruno Mattei’s THE OTHER HELL, Ken Russell’s THE DEVILS, and Pete Walker’s HOUSE OF THE WHIPCORD. Of course, there was last year’s THE NUN, but the less about that the better. Darren Lynn Bousman is a student of horror and offers up ST. AGATHA as a modern answer to those classic schlocky oldies. I’m sure the fact that THE NUN was released by Blumhouse is probably the reason this movie was greenlit. Of course, THE NUN doesn’t have a prayer’s chance in hell against ST AGATHA.
It’s the 1950’s and teenage, unwed pregnancy simply doesn’t exist, especially for good Catholic girls. When a young gal named Mary (Sabrina Kern) finds herself impregnated, she is shuffled away to a girls’ convent to have the baby and be “conditioned” to behave like a decent lady. As nuns become stricter (especially Mother Superior – played by Carolyn Hennesy), Mary attempts to leave, finding that it just isn’t an option. And while Mary was not too keen on keeping her baby at first, as her due date approaches and obvious evil things are happening behind closed doors at the convent, motherhood looks better and better for Mary and the safety of her and her child become all important.