Witness the Darkest Chapter in The Conjuring Universe
Director: Colin Hardy
Staring: Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet and Bonnie Aarons
Set way back in 1952, The Nun becomes the earliest entry of The Conjuring universe, this time transporting us to the massive Saint Cartha’s monastery in the forests of rural Romania, where unseen forces have turned the once holy land into a place of torment and ultimately death, because of this the Vatican sends Father Burke (Bichir) along with Sister Irene (Farmiga) to investigate just what is happening and whether the land is still holy.
The Nun becomes the fifth film to come out of the Conjuring universe since The Conjuring, most have been alight such as both Conjuring films and Annabelle Creation (2017), whereas Annabelle (2014), the first film that attempted giving a creature is own back story was pretty awful, to say the least. So even though I like to go into a film with an open mind, I was worried that the film may include some same issues that its predecessor faced.
From the very first shot you can almost guess what kind of film you are about to watch, beautifully shot with lots of religious talks and plenty jump scares, but to be fair to the makers of the film, they’ve always been upfront with the kind of horror film they were making and although some people dislike jump scare films, I don’t mind them as long as they are done well, with interesting characters, good motivation and most importantly still scary.
First things first, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with the film, not only is it shot well and apart from a couple of bits of dodgy CGI, feels like it invested its budget wisely, which is good as some horror films despite large budgets can still end up looking and feeling cheap, not only this the acting is pretty solid throughout, especially Farmiga and Bloquet, whose character despite sometimes coming across as knock-off Indiana Jones is a welcome break from priests and nuns talking religion, ghosts and demons throughout the movies run time, another positive the film is that the Aarons does a good job of making The Nun/Valak a scary adversary, I for one would like to see the character make another appearance.
The Nun, however, does have some issues, namely that some tension build-up is completely ruined by some really obvious jump scares, not only this it is clear where scenes have been removed as the characters from time to time jump to conclusions that although working out to be correct, the audience has no idea how they got to that point.
Overall, The Nun is a bit of a mixed bag, but if you enjoyed the previous films in The Conjuring universe, then you are most likely going to enjoy this film as I did, especially as there are plenty of connections to the other films to keep an eye out for.