Opening this Friday is The Nun; yet another entry into the ever-expanding universe of The Conjuring. It’s an Ed and Lorraine Warren Movie Universe (ELWMU), placing the two real-life paranormal investigators at the center of multiple threads of possessed items, people, and entities the couple purportedly met during their careers. The Raggedy Ann doll Annabelle became a porcelain doll with a backstory larger than that provided in the first The Conjuring film. Then she required an origin to clean up the poor continuity errors made in her first spin-off. Now the demon Valek is getting its due with a movie that apparently explores its fascination or obsession with nuns.
When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in The Conjuring 2, as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.
In advance of its release on September 6, three very short clips are available. They aren’t very scary, though one cannot really take a series of scenes out of order and context, watch them on their couch while they’re waiting on water to boil, and hope that they can frighten. I’m certain The Nun viewed in a dark theater without interruptions will scare me just as much as the demon did when it popped out of the effing painting and into Vera Farmiga’s face. Add that now Valek is in Taissa Farmiga’s face, James Wan is producing, Corin Hardy (The Hallows) is directing, and Gary Dauberman (IT) co-wrote the script, so horror is hopefully infused into every frame.
Then again, the scenes are so dark that maybe no one will be afraid because it looks like sections of Solo, where only Ron Howard and maybe Chewbacca knew what was happening.
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