Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Nun (2018)

I have a soft spot for religious horror movies (I blame The Exorcist) and I definitely have a soft spot for movies in the Conjuring universe.  Chronologically, this is the first film in the universe, taking place before Annabelle: Creation

In 1952 Romania, two nuns are attacked by a demonic entity, resulting in the death of one and the suicide of the other.  A man from town, Frenchie (Jonas Bloquet) finds the body.  The Vatican learns of the situation and sends Father Burke (Demian Bechir) and Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) to investigate.  When they stay overnight at the convent, Father Burke reveals that he struggles with guilt over an exorcism gone wrong, and Sister Irene shares visions she had when she was younger.

As the demonic entity wreaks havoc on the abbey, the people in town are also affected.  Frenchie, apparently interested in more than getting into Sister Irene's pants, heads up to the abbey to help.  We have the standard good vs. evil showdown, but this time with a hot townie in the mix, which I appreciate. 

This movie was packed with jump scares that were made up for by the cool and eerie atmosphere.  Possession movies are fairly predictable at this point, but I can't say anything bad about The Nun.  Looking forward to more installments from the Conjuring franchise!