Horror fans will be familiar with this baddie. You were introduced to it in the Conjuring 2. Right off the top I will say that it is not a fantastic film, but there are some creepy moments scattered throughout. Enough so that you will endure through the rest which is quite substandard.
In Romania in a cloistered nunnery a young woman takes her own life and a priest is consumed by his past. A young novitiate about to take her final vows is sent by the Vatican to look into things. The priest, Father Burke (Demian Bichir – The Hateful Eight, Machete Kills), and Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga – from television’s American Horror Story) discover there is most certainly something going on within the order and it is evil. Now both of their lives are at risk as they do battle with a force not of this Earth.
Set (abbey is totally creepy), location and atmosphere are all done well. All work together to create the perfect climate for horror. You will at times feel like you are watching a classic horror from the 1960s or 1970s. Surprisingly though, plenty of the big payoff scary scenes fall flat. Why you ask? I am here to tell you.
Trying to replicate the horror stylings of a film like The Conjuring, The Nun does not make it. Probably in large part because of the insistence (by director Corin Hardy (The Hallow)? By screenwriter Gary Dauberman (Annabelle: Creation, Within)?) of focusing on the attempts at humour rather than paying more attention to creating scares. Big mistep. As a result the scares are a lot weaker than they could/should have been.
Supernatural horror, in my opinion, is one of the creepier ones. Demonic possession. Exorcism. That all is my cup of tea. Somewhere in the back of my head it all seems like it could be possible. Yet plenty of films who have walked that path have ended up disappointing me. This time it is due to an uneven script and blah acting. The latter was rather surprising because in previous turns both Bechir and Farmiga have demonstrated their capabilities. Not all the failure can be heaped upon their shoulders as the script or story here is not exactly rounded out. Loads of it felt contrived and as such as the film wore on (and wore on me) it became more and more trying. Added to that it is a storyline we have seen in horror time and time again with a demon needing a human body to inhabit.
Then there are the scares or “jump” scenes. They often are so predictable that any chance of scaring you is gone. If you can see something coming from a mile away then how can you possibly be scared? It is not a hard concept to grasp, right?
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- The Conjuring Chronology
- Over 10 minutes of deleted scenes
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