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The Nun (2018) Movie Review, Rating

- 2.5/5
The Nun (2018) Movie Review, Rating

What Is Good

  • Eerie dark nature
  • Cinematography
  • Little Humour
  • Short running time
  • Taissa Farmiga

What Is Bad

  • Routine horror plot
  • No proper character establishment
  • Predictable Jump scares
Bottom Line: The Nun doesn't live up to the hype, and is a partially scary drama


After the spooky hit Annabelle creation last year, the makers of Conjuring series are back, this time with "The Nun", the fifth flick in Conjuring universe, and the spin-off to Conjuring 2(2016), written by James Wan, and directed by Corin Hardy. While there are huge expectations on the movie, thanks to the massive success of the previous installments of the supernatural horror franchise, The Nun has released worldwide. Here's team AP Herald's exclusive first on the net The Nun review.

The Nun begins in 1952, with the mysterious deaths of two nuns, who sense demonic presence in the Romanian Abbey of St Carta, and father Burke(Demian Bichir) enters to investigate the deaths, with the help of sister Irene(Taissa Farmiga) and they meet Frenchie(Jonas Bloquet), and though they try to investigate and find the reasons behind deaths, they are encountered by strange situations, and then they realize the presence of Valak (Bonnie Aarons), and what follows next, is a scary ride with the chase by Valak and who ultimately survived her onslaught.

Star Performance

Taissa Farmiga is impressive in her act, while Bonnie Aarons owns the show with her Valak act, and generates the necessary scares with the screenplay supporting the cause occasionally. Demian Bachir is adequate, playing the investigative priest, while the rest of the cast including Jonas Bloquet are aptly cast in this horror flick.

Techinical Team

Background score by Abel Korzeniowski generates the necessary scares at the right points, elevating the screenplay as much as possible, while Maxime Alexandre's cinematography captures the gothic locales and the scary episodes to perfection. Corin Hardy who had earlier directed "The Hallow" (2015), has made a return to films with "The Nun", and naturally, he must have faced the pressure of expectations. and hype, and whether he has lived up to the humungous expectations? It's a partial yes, as the movie falters due to a weakly designed screenplay and predictable sequences. 


While there are several episodes in the second half that genuinely generate scares, the first hour of the movie moves at snail pace, establishing the characters without much impact or horror effect, and suffers from lack of engaging factor and scares. Bonnie Aarons is instantly terrifying, but the screenplay lacks the necessary elements to elevate the horror impact and make the scares genuine. and ultimately makes The Nun, one of the weakest in the Conjuring franchise. All said, Corin Hardy's The Nun does not come even remotely close to James Wan's previous ventures, but ends finally as a can watch average entertainer.

Cast & Crew

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