Nurse Sherri / Beyond the Living (1978)

“I’m performing a miracle – how dare you suggest fraud?”

When a nurse (Jill Jacobson) becomes possessed by the evil spirit of a dying mystic cult leader (Bill Roy), it’s up to her fellow nurses (Marilyn Joi and Katherine Pass) to help save her.


Director Al Adamson was known for producing schlocky dreck capitalizing on whatever exploitation theme was most likely to turn a buck. Here, he combines The Exorcist (1973) with soft-core titillation, and the result isn’t quite as dreadful as one might expect. The acting, sets, and script (while rambling) are all passable, and while the early “possession” passage is humorously cartoonish, later effects (with Roy continuing to haunt and taunt those he’s left behind) are mildly effective. None of this is meant to recommend the film, but rather to say — it could have been even worse.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • Reasonably done special effects near the end

Must See?
No. Listed as Trash in the back of Peary’s book.


6 Responses to “Nurse Sherri / Beyond the Living (1978)”

  1. Which version did you watch; 89 minute theatrical version which is more plot and horror orientated and has little or no nudity. There’s a more sexy version that runs 84 minutes which has more exploitation.

    I’ve only seen the sanitised version and it was awful.

  2. Here’s the Rewind listing for the recent Blu-ray.

  3. I caught the longer, sanitized version — interesting there’s such difference! Thanks for the comparison link. Sounds like interested viewers would appreciate the DVD with its commentary by Adamson.

  4. Are you aware of the tragic circumstances surrounding Adams’ death? There’s a new documentary coming out about his life that sounds interesting.

    Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson (2019)

  5. I did read about that! I look forward to seeing the documentary when it’s released.

  6. In any case, nowhere near being a must see film.

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