Reel Reviews: The Nun

Reel Reviews / Josh Simpkins

For fans of horror films, as am I, we know that a handful of directors—spearheaded by James Wan—breathed life back into the genre with the terrifying Conjuring Universe. From The Conjuring through Annabelle Creation, the Conjuring Universe has been horrifying audiences for half a decade. Now, with All Hallows Eve right around the corner the masterminds behind the CU bring to us the darkest chapter yet with The Nun—starring Demián Bichir (Alien: Covenant), Taissa Farmiga (Rules Don’t Apply), Jonas Bloquet (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets), and Bonnie Aarons (Spreading Darkness).

After a young nun at Carta Monastery—a cloistered abbey in Romania—takes her own life, the officials at the Vatican send Father Burke (Bichir), a priest with a haunted past, and Sister Irene (Farmiga), a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows, to investigate the suicide. The pair are not met with the warmest welcome, as the sisters at the abbey guard their secrets closely. Not long after their arrival, they run into local fella who emigrated all the way from Canada, named Frenchie (Bloquet), who, as fate has it, was the first one to stumble upon the grisly scene of the young sister’s death. Together, Father Burke and Sister Irene uncover the order’s unholy secret: The abbey is the lock on a rift to Hell. Not only that, but the abbey and its residents are relentlessly hounded by malevolent greater demon Valak (Aarons), who takes on the form of a nun to move freely among the sisters. Determined to free the abbey of its terrible fate, Father Burke and Sister Irene, risking not only their lives but their very souls, confront the evil Valak as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.

The Nun delivers the terror and could be considered, as the tag line says, the darkest chapter of the CU yet. Director Corin Hardy (The Hallow) has this interesting visual style, mixing the macabre and the beautiful that lent itself well to The Nun. Some of the shots in the film are dazzling. Bonnie Aarons’ creepy demonic nun, that first terrorized audiences in The Conjuring 2, is even more horrifying this go-around. If you are a fan of Horror and/or of the Conjuring Universe, then The Nun is a must-see on the silver screen. Now, go on out—but be warned: don’t go alone and take a friend—and have some scary fun at the movies.