DIRECTOR: corin hardy (the hallow)
starring taissa farmiga, demian bichir, bonnie aarons, and charlotte hope
REVIEWER: purdie jenkins
When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together, they uncover the order's unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
A young nun takes her life at a secluded abbey in Romania which prompts the Vatican to send a priest, Father Burke, who is an expert in ‘miracle hunting’ and Sister Irene - almost a nun, just on the verge of taking her vows, to investigate.
The locals spit in reference to the abbey and Father Burke and Sister Irene work together with Frenchie, who discovered the body, to gain access to this eerie location and then the spooky stuff starts happening.
The Nun comes as the fifth installment in The Conjuring universe, it’s a spin-off prequel to The Conjuring 2. However, no prior knowledge of The Conjuring universe is required for this thrill ride, the film is set in 1952 and with a new cast of characters.
The plot itself is fairly simple, something strange happens and people go to investigate, then we are taken on a ride of various scary scenes and minimal character development. Parts of the plot feel like they are being forcibly spoon fed to the audience, being the fifth movie in this collection you would hope the screenwriter would have a little more faith in us picking up hints along the way.
However, what does work well is the various selection of scares, there is something that will spook all audiences. Running a 96 minutes, the scares are paced well enough that you are neither bored or exhausted by the end.
Halloween this year is going to be dominated by nun costumes, both subtly sexy and straight up scary, which is a bit of a blessing to step away from the saturation of Pennywise the Clown costumes from last year!
Whoever thought Catholicism could be scary? With enough thrills to keep you entertained, it’s a great watch with someone’s hand to hold.