The Nun, released on September 7, 2018, is the latest in Conjuring Flash-back series
The Nun definitely deserved a movie of its own, given its prominence in the Conjuring movies. If the first teaser created a freight-train and half of the interest, the opening scenes refreshed one’s memory, in case anyone dared to forget the chills that she was capable of sending down our spine.
God Ends Here is a phrase one will remember for a long time after the movie and rightly so; the events following the first time it is flashed on the screen constitute the foundation of the movie.
The story, set in 1950s Romania, moves along very slowly and it wouldn’t be far from the truth if I say that the castle that is central to the plot looks as creepy as they come.
There aren’t many jumps scares but quite a few well-curated ‘horror-movie’ scenes which however do not match up to Conjuring 1 & 2 or for that matter any of the 2 other movies from the Conjuring Universe. This is not to say that the movie wasn’t good or that it wasn’t scary. The Nun has its share of moments that keep one on the edge of the seat and does cause goose-bumps with a mixture of fabulous camera work, relevant sound effects and not the least due to fantastic work by the on-screen artists.
Perhaps one might feel that the film lacks a bit on the number scary sequences but long build-ups to highly impressive scenes made the whole theatre go ‘Wow’ in unison, more than once. It appears that the makers have acknowledged the lack of the ‘What Next’ and have thus restricted the movie to just over five minutes past an hour and a half. The ending would make one feel like a second part must be brewing.
The Nun would generally appeal to fans of the Conjuring Universe but the movie isn’t one to be keeping the viewers awake for a lot of nights. The movie is definitely impressive and is worth a watch; one would do well to walk into the theatre not expecting the movie to justify the trailer.
PS: There is a slightly new element to the movie that hasn’t been a feature of Conjuring Universe but is a staple ingredient of Indian horror movies and a few Hollywood ones as well.