THE NUN (15)

THE NUN (15)

Run time: 97 MINS

Director: Corin Hardy

Cast: Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Charlotte Hope,  Ingrid Bisu, Bonnie Aarons

Synopsis: A priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in post-war Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun

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Directed by Corin Hardy [The Hallow (2015)] and written by Gary Dauberman, from a story by Dauberman and James Wan, The Nun is a spin-off from 2016’s The Conjuring 2 and the fifth instalment in The Conjuring series, whose record-setting films have terrified audiences around the globe.

The film stars Demián Bichir [A Better Life (2011)], Taissa Farmiga [American Horror Story TV (2011-18)] and Jonas Bloquet [Elle (2016)] as local villager Frenchie.

The cast also includes Charlotte Hope [Game of Thrones (TV, 2013-16)] as the abbey’s Sister Victoria, Ingrid Bisu [Toni Erdmann (2016)] as Sister Oana, and Bonnie Aarons, reprising her Conjuring 2 role as the title character.

The plot of this gothic, supernatural horror film follows a priest and a Catholic novitiate, as they uncover an unholy secret in 1952 Romania.

Maxime Alexander, cinematographer of Annabelle: Creation (2017), makes maximum use of dark crevices, hidden rooms and maze-like corridors to manufacture creepy effects and jump scares, while Abel Korzeniowski’s haunting choral score provides an unnerving accompanying sound environment.

But although The Nun boasts strong performances, spooky atmospherics with sumptuous shadows, it fails due to its over-reliance on jump scares, its weak narrative and the sense of disorientation created at times by the darkness and the labyrinthine maze.

Images courtesy of WARNER BROS UK