Just when you thought Annabelle would be the only creepster from “The Conjuring” universe that would haunt your dreams, alolng comes “The Nun”, a prequel to “The Conjuring 2”. The demonic Nun appears in Lorraine Warren’s (Vera Farmiga) visions, then she paints the horrid vision of a character named Valak – the terrifying Nun.
“The Nun” takes us back to 1952 where the “Conjuring” universe begins, and explains the origin of Valek (played by Bonnie Aarons). Father Birke (Demian Bichir) and Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) are sent to Romania by the Vatican to investigate the suicide of a nun at the local Carta Monastery. There, they team with a local man known as Frenchie (Jonas Bloquet) to face the terrors that lie within the Abbey, as some seriously
Once the scares really kick in, “The Nun” slowly descends into a river of cheese, and the film relies on ‘jump scares’ as the main source of terror. Valak is quite scary looking, and makes some pretty awful sounds, but as a whole the film doesn’t live up to the horror delivered in the “Conjuring” and even “Annabelle” films.
Corin Hardy does a decent job in adding to the “Conjuring” universe, tying it together neatly with the aforementioned films. Is it needed? Probably not. At the end of the day, “The Nun” is a popcorn-horror that you’ll probably enjoy with the lights dimmed, but it won’t chill you to the core – unless you harbor a pre-existing phobia to Nuns. And my guess is, that’s not a lot of you.
My theory is, if a horror movie causes me to lose sleep in the night’s following – it’s a raging success. In this case, however, I slept like a baby.
Blu-ray : Featurettes and some deleted scenes.