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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

The Nun II - Reawakening Evil

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)

Released 09-08-2023

Watched 09-17-2023

Reviewed 09-18-2023

Viewed in Theater - Using Cinemark Movie Club


" You are the only person who has dealt with something like this. The church would like you to investigate, find out what it wants, and where it’s going next."


Reentering the unhallowed halls of the haunted convent, "The Nun II" manages to pick up from where its predecessor left off with aplomb. The year is 1956, and the scenery of France provides an eerie and atmospheric backdrop, casting gothic shadows across the story of a violent murder that has Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) plunging into another abyss of paranormal investigations.


One of the film's greatest strengths lies in its ability to merge the familiarity of the *Conjuring Universe* with a fresh tale of terror. With our beloved Sister Irene at the helm, Taissa Farmiga's performance is both touching and unsettling, bringing a depth to her character that was only teased in the original film. Jonas Bloquet, reprising his role as Maurice, adds layers of intrigue and empathy, giving audiences someone to root for amidst the shadows.


But it is Bonnie Aarons as the Demon Nun that truly steals the show. Aarons' portrayal is bone-chillingly malevolent and makes for some of the film's most memorable moments. Her character's unsettling visage, combined with her dissonant presence, reminds viewers of what made the original "The Nun" such an unforgettable experience.


While some sequences in the film may feel reminiscent of other entries in the Conjuring Universe, "The Nun II" still manages to differentiate itself with its unique setting and engaging storyline. The scares are plentiful, and while some might argue that a few verge on predictable, they are executed with such finesse that even seasoned horror enthusiasts will find themselves gripping their armrests.


In conclusion, "The Nun II" is a welcomed continuation of a story that, while familiar to fans of the Conjuring Universe, still packs plenty of fresh haunts. A tapestry of atmospheric tension, spine-tingling scares, and strong performances, this film is a must-watch for both die-hard fans and newcomers to the series. While not entirely flawless, it remains a hauntingly good time at the movies.

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