The Devils lands firmly in the "horror-adjacent" category because it's not really a horror movie. It's based partially on the 1952 book The Devils of Loudun and the 1960 play The Devils (also based on the book), both of which were depictions of the rise and fall of Urbain Grandier, a 17th century priest executed for witchcraft following a series of "possessions" in Loudun, France. Oliver Reed, in all his mustachioed glory, plays Grandier while his accuser, Sister Jeanne, is portrayed by Vanessa Redgrave. And she is deliciously mad.
|Hump? What hump?|
|Or if you just want to see Oliver Reed in various states of undress...|
Add to all of that the image of Grandier as Christ in a twisted masturbation fantasy on the part of Sister Jeanne which, seriously? Was the cause of all of this possession bullshit to begin with, and we have a movie deliberately designed to inflame the religious into providing inadvertant publicity via public arguments about censorship.
|All this and bondage, too.|
Nuns are weird.
A lot of this footage was considered lost for good but film critic Mark Kermode started the ball rolling toward making the film whole again when he managed to find the "Rape of Christ" sequence, presumably in a box in some has-been extra's garage sale where he bought it for a nickel after haggling the price down.
So, yeah. If you're in the mood for something dark and trippy and have a need to watch nuns get their vengeful sexual repression on, hit up The Devils. Bring drugs. You may need them.