Bad Habits

Bad Habits

2 Episodes

Nunsploitation meets the art house in these delirious tales of repressed sexuality, madness, and mass hysteria from visionary iconoclasts of the British cinema. High up in the Himalayas, the sisters of an Anglican convent get hot under their habits as they try to resist earthly temptations in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s feverish Technicolor hallucination BLACK NARCISSUS. Then we’re whisked away to seventeenth-century France, where demonic possession and sexual frenzy run riot in a nunnery in Ken Russell’s THE DEVILS, a massively controversial heathen freak-out banned around the world for its searing sacrilegious imagery.

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Bad Habits
  • The Devils

    Episode 1

    Directed by Ken Russell • 1971 • United Kingdom
    Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed

    The most controversial film of the 1970s was banned across the world for its deliriously overheated, shockingly blasphemous tale of sexual frenzy and demonic possession in a seventeenth-century French convent....

  • Black Narcissus

    Episode 2

    Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1947 • United Kingdom

    This explosive work about the conflict between the spirit and the flesh is the epitome of the sensuous style of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. A group of nuns, played by some of Britain's finest actresses, includ...