When the horror trailer “The Nun” was released on YouTube, they literally banned it because it was too scary. And then the movie came out and fulfilled all the expectations of those who thought it would be even more scary.
How scary is The Nun?
The movie comes with lot of jump scares, the atmosphere in the movie is creepy, thanks primarily to the Cârța Monastery in Romania, which otherwise exists and is currently abandoned. The strong Gothic atmosphere enhances the impression, as does the fact that the characters are never safe from Valak’s claws. What you saw in the trailer, those awkward scenes, you’ll see them repeatedly throughout the movie, and with your dramatic one-tone music and sudden movements, your chin will shake, for sure. But there are no much surprises because the nasty scenes always come when the music fades in so you can cover yourself with a blanket in time.
A phantom from England
The film is based on the true story of supernatural events studied by demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. The couple’s son Tony Spera told Esquire.com that his parents did come face-to-(ghostly)-face with a phantom nun while visiting a haunted English church in the ’70s. The nun had apparently been buried alive in the church walls as punishment for having an affair with a monk—so like, no wonder she continued to stalk everyone in the area.And that story was the inspiration for this movie …
The film’s director James Wan, however, said the film was inspired by the demon that possessed Lorraine Warren’s home which she once described as a “swirling tornado vortex with this hooded figure.
Is Valak real?
Well, in some way can be, if you believe in demons. Although it has never taken the form of nun before, this ‘demon’ is mentioned in many history books, including the book “The Lesser Key of Solomon”, which dates back to the mid 17th century. The book describes Valak like this:
He is a President Mighty and Great, and appeareth like a Child with Angel’s Wings, riding on a Two-headed Dragon. His Office is to give True Answers of Hidden Treasures, and to tell where Serpents may be seen. The which he will bring unto the Exorciser without any Force or Strength being by him employed. He governeth 38 Legions of Spirits, and his Seal is thus.”
So if you believe in the supernatural at all, this movie will probably be even scarier for you now.
“The Nun” is a spin-off of “The Conjuring 2” and the fifth installment of “The Conjuring Universe”, and this story takes us to Romania in 1952 where a suicide in religious circles occurred.
When a younger nun dies in a secluded Romanian monastery, the Vatican sends two internal investigators: a priest who is traumatized by his past and a novice who will soon take up his religious vows. Together, they discover the sinful secret of the monastic community. Not only are their lives endangered, but their beliefs and souls are at stake because they are confronted with a vicious power that takes the form of that very demonic nun who has already terrified the audience in Conjuring 2. Thus the monastery develops into a terrible battlefield of the living and the damned.
Praying to God to let the light outweigh the darkness and love hate is something quite normal, but in the case of “The Nun,” you arrive roughly at “Our Father Who You Are …” before nun takes you to the another world. Not only can lead you to the dark side, it can also deceive you, create illusions for you to break the honorable and immortal peace.
The story is typical horror and has nothing special to stand out in it. The events that are known in this kind of movie genre happen, you go through that door even though you know that evil is behind them, you go through that hallway because some voice invites you, you do not go in a group through unfamiliar spaces, but you separate from others, everything these are the mistakes in the steps that were sympathetically talked about in the movie “Scream” and on the topic of what to do if you find yourself in one of these situations. But this is horror movie whose main goal is to intimidate the viewer and we can say that they did it.
Difference from other films in the Conjuring universe
What can be noticed in the beginning of the movie is that it is significantly different from other films in the Conjuring universe. This movie seems like a Halloween obsession. It has an interesting design and a lot of creepy religious content, and a fair amount of bizarre sequences that would better suit a movie from A Nightmare on Elm Street than the Conjuring universe. It’s also less realistic than others Conjuring films.
Given that director Hardy opts for a slightly more fantastic version of the story, it often seems out of tune. Throughout the movie, the demon takes on other forms, which several times seem ridiculous. Every time we see a strange creature jump out, it seems more funny than scary. However, most of it is well put into that gothic setting of the film. Visually, the film offered a lot to enjoy and one can enjoy it, especially in one tense scene in the cemetery.
What also makes it significantly different from other Conjuring films is the duration of the movie is only an hour and a half, while others are mostly around 2 hours. It’s important to mention this, because unlike the rest of Conjuring films that begin slowly and unfold a story, The Nun offers action almost from the start. Unlike the previous traditional approach, this new film presented us with some incredible situations and a story that is often a mess. It’s not nearly as well told as the previous sequels, though it’s not always so bad.
The Nun doesn’t have a large number of characters, which is a good thing, especially considering the length of the movie. Demián Bichir and Taissa Farmiga, who play Priest Burke and nun Irene, are very well chosen and did a good job, but definitely the best character in the movie, as well as actor is Jonas Bloquet who plays Frenchie. The actor has all the best quotes and he performs them with a charismatic sense of humor. The nun Irene (Taissa Farmiga) takes a much more serious approach, as does Priest Burke (Demián Bichir). Also, the movie is best when there are three of them together.
Overall, “The Nun” is a really horror movie that is not boring. Yes, characters often make stupid decisions, but without them, no horror would succeed. If the horror characters were acting at least rationally, most of the events in those shots would not have happened. Horrors are simply not rational, their main task is to scare them, and “The Nun” is doing it well. Even if the story is sometimes absurd!