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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

The Nun - Eerie Prayer in The Conjuring's Sacred Universe

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5 stars)

Released 09-07-2018

Watched 09-06-2023

Reviewed 09-13-2023

Available to Rent or Buy

"What's the opposite of a miracle, Father?"

"The Nun," a further expansion of the much-loved Conjuring universe, is an ambitious endeavor to delve deeper into the backstory of one of the franchise's most malevolent entities. The film masterfully integrates its narrative with the overarching Conjuring lore, ensuring that die-hard fans will appreciate the intricate connections and references sprinkled throughout.

The setting — an eerie, remote Romanian monastery — creates a palpable atmosphere of foreboding, and the cinematography undoubtedly elevates the suspense with its dark, moody undertones. Moreover, the film's commitment to portraying its titular character with as much menace as was seen in "The Conjuring 2" is commendable.

However, when juxtaposed against other films in the series, particularly "Annabelle Creation," "The Nun" feels somewhat lackluster. While "Annabelle Creation" expertly balanced its narrative tension with genuine character development and emotional depth, "The Nun" sometimes leans too heavily on jump scares and atmospheric horror at the expense of a richer plot. The pacing feels uneven at times, and certain plot points appear underdeveloped, leaving the audience yearning for more depth and a stronger emotional connection to the protagonists.

In conclusion, "The Nun" is a serviceable addition to the Conjuring universe. It's a must-watch for fans keen on piecing together the larger narrative puzzle, but it might not resonate as powerfully as some of its predecessors in terms of sheer horror and storytelling prowess.


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