Sister Maria is a likable and respected nun in the convent, but she has a secret that shock her in the first place, and eventually other sisters. Satan himself has come to visit Maria in her fantasies, and the sinful dreams just might take over the innocent nun. In the end, the small town and convent will face acts of violence and death - by the hands of Maria.
The man of 200 films, Gilberto Martinez Solarez' nunsploitation classic Satanico Pandemonium (also known as La Sexorcista) gets released by Mondo Macabro with anamorphic transfer. Satanico Pandemonium has its troubles to get going in the very beginning. Just when you are getting anxious, the film turns into delightfully obscure and off-beat piece of nunsploitation. Beautiful Cecilia Pezet in the lead role doesn't really think twice when undressing, which adds some extra amount of interest to the film. There are only few acts of violence, but the graphic nature makes a great contrast to film that is otherwise calm by it 's tempo. The most jaw-dropping has to be the one where Sister Maria enters teenage boy's bed, naked.
The story and the use of sex and violence differs from other well-known nunsploitation films. That might disappoint some of the viewers, but the difference turns into the strength. Solarez uses a lot of stylish colour selections and shadows to give the film an eerie look. Sometimes insane soundtrack adds a lot of strange feeling into certain scenes.
Enrique Rocha (as Satan) gives you a hint of a smile with campy, underlining scenes of biting the apple and his wanna-be fateful glance. In the meantime, Pezet as Maria does a good job with her delicate, vulnerable looks and expressions.
Mondo Macabro DVD release is highly beautiful with astonishing colors and sharp picture, but that wasn't really a surprise. Original mono audio channel works like it should : the dialog sounds clear. Director's son and screenwriter of Satanico Pandemonium, Adolfo Martinez Solarez gives a truly interesting 15-minute interview (where he tells some of the nuns were actually prostitutes!). In the other interview/documentary "House of the Writhing Nun", Redemption's Nigel Wingrove tells his opinions and experiences of nunsploitation films. Other extra material includes for instance text pages about the history of nunsploitation, a list of Mexican nunsploitation cinema and images of lobby cards.