‘You’ll burn for this’
Flesh for the Inferno is a 2015 American horror film about teenagers being stalked and killed by demonic nuns in a disused Catholic school.
Directed and edited by Richard Griffin (Seven Dorms of Death; The Sins of Dracula; Frankenstein’s Hungry Dead; Murder University; The Disco Exorcist; et al) from a screenplay written by Michael Varrati (Tales of Poe; The Sins of Dracula; 60 Seconds to Die).
The Scorpio Film Releasing production stars Anna Rizzo, Jamie Dufault, Monica Saviolakis, Jamie Lyn Bagley and Michael Thurber. Produced by Richard Griffin, Ted Marr and J. Poisson.
The soundtrack synth score was composed by Timothy Fife (Death Drop Gorgeous; Herschell Gordon Lewis’ BloodMania; Seven Dorms of Death; Frankenstein’s Hungry Dead; Murder University; et al).
At a Catholic school, the nuns have noticed that the priest is doing more than just leading his students in prayer. Not content to stand idly by as evil walks their halls, the sisters decide to take action. Confronted by the nuns about his wicked ways, the priest retaliates. For defying him, the Father takes the sister’s hostage and bricks them into the walls of the school’s basement. The sadistic and fatal punishment shakes the faith of the women, forcing them to renounce their holy vows in the moments before their demise.
Decades later, the school is now vacated. Selected by the community as a building marked for urban renewal, a neighbourhood youth group has volunteered their afternoon to clean up the premises…
“There’s some decent gore, but not much else going for it. A lot of unfunny forced dialogue by less than stellar actors. Perhaps had I seen this before seeing some of Griffin’s other work I may have liked it more, but that wasn’t the case. He’s done better work in the past…” Bloody Disgusting
“Griffin doesn’t bring everything to a standstill so he can show off some visual effects or his own twisted imagination; the script, by Michael Varrati, keeps things lean and mean, though not very clean. True to its title, Flesh can’t get enough of gore and ruined meat. The victims, mostly young people in keeping with horror-film tradition, die choking and messy. Some of the movie is gross in a way that will please gorehounds and put off most others…” eFilmCritic
“It’s bloody, vicious, and a real knockout of a fright flick. Unlike the snarky The Editor, this film proves to be a real love letter to the spaghetti splatter flicks of yore. The lighting is both parts Bava and Fulci, the subject matter is much the same (as is the score for that matter), and all of it is delivered with a true appreciation of the genre.” Famous Monsters of Filmland
“With a great script and very clever snappy dialogue, a beautifully shot film, and an excellent 80’s-inspired music score by Timothy Fife, I was in horror heaven. Griffin and Varrati took an idea that has been done before and made it feel fresh and unique! Well done, gentlemen!” The Final Boy
“The film has several supernatural elements that remind me a lot of the mostly unknown 1990 film Demon Wind which then collide with films like Lamberto Bava classic Demons and Lucio Fulci’s City of the Living Dead. The story is able to combine several of these elements with stories made famous in the 70s with classic Italian horror films with the cinematography and lighting of a Giallo film.” Horror Society
“Flesh for the Inferno (2015) is a hugely entertaining horror movie that manages to be funny, eerie and gruesome in equal measure. Griffin always does a lot with a little, the production is helped by a good script from writer Michael Varrati (The Sins of Dracula) and strong performances from a cast Griffin has worked with for the past few years.” McBastard’s Mausoleum
“Other than one or two supporting performances, the acting in the film was quite strong. Jamie Lyn Bagely’s Meredith was the stand-out. Bagley’s performance as an overbearing Christian seemed pretty accurate […] The film moved at a decent clip until the final 15 minutes when the pacing came to a complete halt. It is unfortunate the third act was such a drag.” Rock! Shock! Pop!
“The cast are agreeable (though their acting talents vary throughout); production values are very impressive for an indie feature, benefitting from stylish colour-filtered lighting and a host of decent practical effects; the pace is kept enjoyably snappy throughout […] Michael Varrati’s script is sardonic from the start…” SGM
” …some 80’s-style horror combined with the well-timed sarcasm and humor that elevate Scorpio Films from some of the other independent horror flicks out there. In the process, we get a tip of the hat to such varied chillers as A Cask of Amontillado and the original Evil Dead.” The Whining Kent Pigs
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The film was released on DVD in the US on February 23, 2016, via Scorpio Film Releasing with the following special features:
Commentary with Director Richard Griffin and Writer Michael Varrati
Commentary with Cast and Crew
Interview with Director Richard Griffin and Writer Michael Varrati
Cast and characters:
Anna Rizzo … Kat
Michael Thurber … Mr Maupin
Jamie Lyn Bagley … Meredith
Jamie Dufault … Noah
Sean Leser … Halsey
Monica Saviolakis … Sister Millicent
Kevin Michael Strauss … Ian
Tiffany Lee Ferris … Sister Luisa
Ryan Nunes … Patton
Samantha Acampora … Sister Irene
Laura Minadeo … Gwen
Andrew Morais … Chester
Aaron Andrade … The Devil
Rich Tretheway … Officer McGraw
Andrew Andrade … Officer George
Jackie B. Fabian … Becca (as Jaquelyn Fabian)
Sarah Nicklin … Claudette
Steven O’Broin … Father Renault
Sissy O’Hara … Sister Mary Francis
Michael Varrati … Ethan the Police Dispatch
Aspect Ratio: 2.35: 1