If you scare easily it might be best that you look away now…..however if you’re wanting to jump on the spook coaster then you’ll definitely feel the terror with The Nun.
When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, Father Burke (Demián Bichir) a priest with a haunted past and Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) 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 the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in The Conjuring 2 as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.
This fresh prequel within The Conjuring universe is a bold and fresh take within the horror genre and it’s really exciting to see how this ‘horror universe’ continues to expand with more intriguing stories and plenty of moments that will turn your blood to ice with fear. This time around it’s young up and comer Corin Hardy (The Hallow) who takes the reins for this horror ride and he certainly knows what he’s doing.
Hardy is first and foremost a horror fan and this means he knows what he’s doing.
And let me tell you he really knows how to bring the scares. Watching this film is like watching a kid in a toy story who is getting ready for Halloween night and who wants to make it the scariest, freakiest most frightening night of his life….like he wants to put the fear back into his audience. And might I say that Hardy really does accomplish this here. The Nun is first and foremost a passion project and this attention to detail and desire to make something that is memorably creepy really stands out on screen.
Also, beware, jump scares are IMMINENT! And they really got me going. From moment to moment some dark and foreboding scene would grip me in the clasp of fear and have me cowering in my seat. There are some seriously freaky moments in The Nun and they definitely creep up on you. This style of filmmaking is also a real through back to the practical effects era and Hardy has put a lot of work into making everything feel real. From the location, effects, wardrobe, atmosphere and music, all of it combines to build a film that will make your skin crawl with dread.
The Nun also offers up a unique setting and tone within this expanding Conjuring ‘horror universe’ thanks to its old world Gothic environment and the dark castles and shadow filled forests that are its set pieces. This is again an example of Hardy reaching back into the past and using his knowledge of the genre to craft a different type of horror experience for modern audiences and it really sticks in your head…..especially when the Demon Nun rears her ugly head and drags you deeper into the shadows of the underworld.
I’ve tried to warn you, but I guess I must leave you with this, if you are going to see The Nun…..remember to say your prayers!
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