The producers said in advance that they wanted to go ahead THE NUN show as little as possible to avoid spoilers. The question arises as to what the hell they wanted to keep secret here. The horror film about the demonic nun is the first real disappointment in the “Conjuring” universe. We reveal more about this in our review.
The Plot Summary
When a young nun commits suicide in a monastery in Romania, the Vatican sends a priest (Demián Bichir) with a dramatic past and a young believer (Taissa Farmiga) directly to the eerie place to uncover the reasons for the suicide. On site they don’t just get to know the likeable Frenchie (Jonas Bloquet), who discovered the nun’s body himself. They also uncover a sinister order in whose ranks a cruel event took place many years ago. To this day, a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun haunts the walls of the ancient building, transforming the abbey into a terrible battlefield between the living and the damned…
Movie explanation of the ending
The “Conjuring” series has a very special place in modern horror cinema. The first part of the horror franchise launched in 2013 by “Saw” mastermind James Wan laid the foundation for the first modern horror film universe in the style that the Marvel company once launched with “Iron Man”. In the genre, only Universal Pictures unsuccessfully emulated this; The idea of making “Dracula Untold” and finally “The Mummy” the start of a horror universe did not materialize due to the lack of the hoped-for success. This cannot be said about the excesses of the “Conjuring” series: both the original films “Conjuring – The Visitation” and “Conjuring 2”, as well as the two spin-offs “Annabelle” and “Annabelle 2” proved to be great successes box office and also maintained a certain basic level of quality, if they didn’t even turn out to be modern masterpieces. This makes the next spin-off all the more disappointing. After the demonic doll Annabelle, those responsible are now turning their attention to a creepy nun, who was first announced in “Conjuring 2”. Their presence made for some of the scariest scenes ever and had a strong influence on the plot of the horror shocker. Telling a story about its origins should actually be a no-brainer. But “The Nun” is run-of-the-mill jumpscare horror and has little to offer apart from a truly frightening setting and solid actors. Considering the average quality of previous franchise entries, this is a bitter disappointment.
A priest (Demián Bichir) is supposed to take on the demons behind the monastery walls.
Director Corin Hardy has so far mainly directed music videos, both for indie bands like Biffy Clyro, but also for the summer hit “Heart Skips a Beat” by Olly Murs. His first feature film “The Hallow” only received a limited theatrical release in this country and even ended up directly on a streaming platform in its production country, the USA. Entrusting a newcomer with a major project like “The Nun” requires quite a leap of faith. And considering the results, this definitely pays off. The fact that “The Nun” cannot even begin to keep up with the ambitions of the previous “Conjuring” films cannot be attributed to the director. Corin Hardy has a precise eye for atmosphere, as does genre-experienced cameraman Maxime Alexandre (“Alexandre Aja’s Maniac”) creates ominous images of a goosebump-inducing backdrop (filmed in Romania, Transylvania and a castle in Hungary, among other places) and as hackneyed as the many routine jump scares may be, they are definitely effective in terms of structure and execution. On an acoustic level, too, one relies on well-worn motifs such as obligatory chorales or dramatically swelling strings (composer: Abel Korzeniowski, “Nocturnal Animals”) to make it clear to anyone who doesn’t recognize it for themselves how scary it all is. This is all horror cinema that couldn’t be more average. But you can’t really see any real defects in craftsmanship here.
In terms of staging, “The Nun” consists almost entirely of simple “paint by numbers” mechanisms. Narratively, however, screenwriter Gary Dauberman confirms once again that his involvement in a masterpiece like “It” does not reflect his overall qualities as a writer. In addition to the outstanding new edition of the Stephen King classic and the solid “Annabelle”, he also wrote the non-starter “Wolves at the Door” and the tepid home invasion shocker “Within”. “The Nun” falls somewhere in between. Dauberman’s work is neither stupid nor morally reprehensible (like “Wolves at the Door”), nor does he blatantly steal from well-known models (like “Within”). Instead, his “The Nun” script is first and foremost one thing: yawningly boring, which is not least because it doesn’t do more than neatly put hook after hook behind all the things that you obviously have to deal with in a modern horror film to give his audience the greatest possible shock experience. Which, by the way, also applies to obviously drawing his protagonists as stupidly as possible and also giving them a comic relief in Frenchie, which, however, doesn’t fit into the very dark story at all. However, this much can be said: Anyone who feels deprived of their moments of fright by psychological horror pieces like “Hereditary”, “The Witch” or “mother!” will at least get their money’s worth in “The Nun”. However, anyone who believes that Dauberman would be able to add another layer of narrative to the films from the “Conjuring” universe, which are now very closely interconnected, is wrong. If you’ve paid even a little attention so far, you don’t even have to watch “The Nun” to guess where exactly it picks up narratively. In any case, Dauberman does not open any further narrative doors that would complement the previous events from over five years of “The Conjuring”.
In the old cemetery, Frenchie (Jonas Bloquet) makes a scary discovery…
All of this is particularly annoying because “The Nun” has potential for more on many levels. Taissa Farmiga is an actress (“Mindscape”)Demian Bichir (“Alien: Covenant”) and Jonas Bloquet (“Elle”) don’t blame much. They all fulfill their purpose of acting as victims in keeping with the genre, with fear written all over their faces at the right moments. Bloquet also manages the balancing act of presenting his humorous inserts in a somewhat authentic manner. The fact that these were generally not needed and that they seem downright strange in the context of the threat is the author’s fault. Also the one after “Conjuring 2” and “Annabelle 2” once again by Bonnie Aarons (“Silver Linings”) The impersonated nun definitely looks frightening with her horrific masquerade. When she moves silently through the dark, endless corridors of the monastery and repeatedly appears silently behind her victims, it undoubtedly gives you goosebumps. Over the course of around 90 minutes, the setting itself becomes the secret star of the film. From the half-ruined building itself to the very effectively staged cemetery to the gloomy catacombs, the scenery fulfills everything you could wish for in a harmonious horror film setting. It’s all the more unfortunate that, in the absence of a really good story, apart from the countless cheap jump scares, there simply isn’t a real atmosphere. But since the eponymous nun herself has the potential to become a new cult figure, we hope that she will finally come into her own in a second, much better film as she deserves.
Conclusion: “The Nun” is a generic off-the-shelf horror shocker that actually fulfills many of the requirements for a good genre film, but pretty much throws them all overboard in favor of hackneyed jump scares.
“The Nun” can be seen in cinemas nationwide from September 6th.