The 1970s were rife with nunsploitation movies—films, often from Europe or Japan, featuring nuns in various sexy or violent (or both!) scenarios—and their spirit is alive and well in Fountaine and the Vengeful Nun Who Wouldn’t Die. The film follows a nun named, of course, Sister Mary (Mallory Stern) whose sister dies brutally. Mary breaks down, ripping out her own eyeball (and thus sporting an oh-so-appropriate-to-the-genre eyepatch), and is committed to an asylum where she meets another nun named Lee (Jaclyn Tripp) and the pair uncover a Church-sponsored conspiracy presumably led by the titular Father Fountaine (Keith Nussbaum) and The Master (Brian Davis). If the trailer below is any indication, much nun-led carnage ensues, and there are even a few Nazis along the way.
Directed by St. Louis’ own James Dean from a script by Dean and Louis Otero, Fountaine was filmed in St. Louis and the entire cast and crew hail from the Gateway City as well. It seems only fitting, then, that the film’s world debut takes place at one of the region’s hidden treasures, the Skyview Drive-In (5700 N Belt West in Belleville, Ill.). The special one-time screening takes place Tuesday, September 21st. The Skyview box office opens at 6:30pm in advance of the 8:00pm screening, and tickets are $12. | Jason Green