The Conjuring cinematic universe continues to expand with the Corin Hardy directed film, The Nun. The title character first debuted in The Conjuring 2 and then in an after credits scene at the end of Annabelle Creation.
The film stars Taissa Farmiga, Demián Bichir, and Jonas Bloquet. The plot follows a priest and a Catholic novitiate as they uncover an unholy secret in 1952 Romania.
Despite not adding much new or furthering the genre, Hardy directs a competent if not safe film. The film relies on the same ol’ creepy hallways and squeaking doors The Conjuring franchise has been known for. Valak’s origin is touched on and it’s connection back to the Warrens and The Conjuring can be considered a stretch.
American Horror Story’s Taissa Farmiga is excellent in her role as Sister Irene. She brings wide-eyed youthful innocence to the role. Interestingly enough Vera Farmiga, who portrays Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring, is the real-life older sister to Taissa Farmiga.
Valak is one of the more dynamic and interesting demonic entities of the franchise. Her horrific yet simple appearance is the stuff of nightmares.
Despite the film’s predictable plot, the film does include some entertaining jump scares and at least one twist that has a decent payoff.
The Conjuring shared universe is proving to be a money making machine with talks of both a third Annabelle and Conjuring on the way. Also, a script is being prepared for a Crooked Man spin-off film. The Crooked Man first appeared in the Conjuring sequel. This is one cinematic universe that doesn’t appear to be slowing down or going away anytime soon.
With that said, HipsterZOMBIEJoint gives The Nun a strong 7 out of 10.