A priest and an aspiring nun are sent by the Vatican to investigate
a Romanian convent that is home to a powerful demonic force.
The Nun (2018)
Directed by Corin Hardy
Written by Gary Dauberman
Starring Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet,
Bonnie Aarons, Ingrid Bisu, Charlotte Hope, Sandra Teles
Spin-Off of 2016's The Conjuring 2
The Nun may not be as memorable or atmospheric as both of James Wan's Conjuring films, but it easily surpasses the first Annabelle as a creepy self-contained horror flick that fits snugly into the Warren-verse. Led by strong performances by Demián Bichir and Taissa Farmiga, The Nun showcases the secrecy and ritual behind the Catholic Church, and how people outside of it may find it to be bizarre and even a little sinister. With the most terrifying villain from The Conjuring 2 returning as the main threat, it's a wonder this film didn't suffer some on-set curse.
Father Burke (Bichir) and Sister Irene (Farmiga) are sent to a Romanian convent to investigate the recent suicide of a nun. What they discover is that the convent is home to an ancient demon named Valak who is trying to enter the world by possessing a human soul. It's a little by-the-numbers as far as exorcism films go, but it has a number of great sequences and a great third act that makes up for its lack of actual plot. Valak, in the form of the eponymous nun, is more terrifying than ever and its neat to see how it went from haunting a convent to haunting Lorraine Warren.
Critics have already condemned The Nun with a host of negative scores, but I'm here to say that the movie is worth your time. It's interesting, spooky, and entertaining just like the rest of James Wan's cinematic universe. As I said before, it's not as great as the Conjuring films, but it holds its own and tries its hand at doing something original with the expected formula.