"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 a demonic nun."
Rated R for terror, violence, and disturbing/bloody images
5 Tayney Rating
Massive fans of The Conjuring (both the original film and the universe in general), my friends and I greatly anticipated the arrival of The Nun. We used Sim's birthday as an excuse (as if we needed one) to gather and see it in the cinema yesterday on opening night. The entire car journey was, of course, spent discussing just how far (as if it was quantitative) we would get the bejesus scared out of us. When we arrived to a mass of people waiting to go into the screen as ushers said "Yeah, it's bad. Like, really scary," we quickly realised the answer was probably going to be "A lot." I'll say one thing. This is the first film anyone on Paranormal Booktivity has given a five pumpkin Tayney Rating. So you know you've got to watch it, right? Before I tell you why I loved it, I'll run through a summary of some of the criticisms which can (already) be found on the interwebs.
As it stands, I've seen 2/5 stars on various sites as well as a pathetic 30% on Rotten Tomatoes. There doesn't seem to be any one particular issue horror fans are bringing up and, with people commenting on things like lighting or the scariness of the poster of the film, it appears (to me at least) that people just like to complain. And I identify, after all, who doesn't like a good rant every now and again? Still, no matter how much I tried to find a flaw with this film (and you know I try) I could not.
I love, love, love Bonnie Aarons in anything. She was terrifying. Even just looking at her made me want to go home and crawl under my duvet for a week. If that wasn't enough, every other ghost or corpse or animal or sound or premonition or demonic representation they used shook me up as well. Everything (including the lighting!) was a tool, a horrific tool used to push me and everyone else in that cinema close to urinating. They used a very nice and balanced mixture of what you would consider old fashioned or cliche scares, jump scares and slow tension building ones. The suspense in some scenes had me sweating (queue a dozen masked and presumably dead nuns standing in a weird formation ready to jump on the extremely attractive French-Canadian character). I also noted that I found all of my senses being affected, valuing the use of sound throughout the film (e.g. cracks of necks etc.) which put me on edge as well as (without going into detail) somehow being able to smell and taste (or at least imagine being able to) certain things in some scenes. I loved it. And, for people who criticised this as well, the plot was incredibly easy to follow. Honestly, if you think otherwise, there might be something wrong with you rather than the plot.
So go watch it! Immediately. See it in the cinema before it's too late, as much as it's always scarier to see a horror film on a big screen with massive speakers, honestly, it's worth it. Let us know what you think!