[caption id="attachment_1643" align="aligncenter" width="380" caption="The Other Hell - Front Art"][/caption] THE OTHER HELL is the U.S. title for L'ALTRO INFERNO (1981), a nunsploitation flick directed by prolific Italian genre director Bruno Mattei (credited on the back of VHS box as Stefan Oblowsky) and co-written by Mattei and Claudio Fragasso (he of TROLL 2 fame). Interestingly, Mattei and Fragasso were shooting a second nunsploitation film - THE TRUE STORY OF THE NUN OF MONZA (1980) - at the same time, in the same building, and using most of the same cast and crew. [caption id="attachment_1645" align="aligncenter" width="380" caption="The Other Hell - Full Artwork"][/caption] THE OTHER HELL infamously features a scene where a nun boils a baby to death. But don't worry... the baby gets even:
Goblin provided THE OTHER HELL's score, albeit inadvertently: Mattei and Fragasso lifted most of it from Joe D'Amato's BEYOND THE DARKNESS (1979). Still, it's put to good use, as seen here (wait for the catchy groove to kick in at the 30-second mark):
This VHS was released by Inter-Light Video, and primarily uses just four colors (white, black, blue, and reddish-orange) to achieve a simplistic but striking end product. The blood-splattered nun in the bottom right corner is clearly terrified, and I like that it's unclear whether the nun in the center of the box shares - or is the source of - that terror. The lightning bolt off the tip of the enlarged sword is another nice touch. Incidentally, the artist's depiction of the terrified nun is a fairly accurate rendition of the source material, as shown below:
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More information about THE OTHER HELL can be found at the excellent (but NSFW) Nunsploitation.net.
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