“The Nun” falls short of “The Conjuring”

Teja Lemaster, Staff Reporter

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In September, highly anticipated horror movie, “The Nun” hit theaters. Marketers leaked teaser trailers months in advance leaving horror fans desperate to see it once it was released. The box office achieved $336 million world wide, making it one of the the most successful Conjurings yet. Its plot was set to take place before its popular companions such as Annabelle and The Conjuring. Despite all the hype, the movie wasn’t as impressive as many hoped. The few scary scenes that happen to take place were already shown in the trailer which took away from its element of surprise.

“The Nun” takes a different approach than previous movies in “The Conjuring” series. It relies on jumpscares more than a concrete plot or explanation, yet they are still predictable and unsurprising. Being a spin-off of “The Conjuring 2” it is unsuccessful in portraying the authenticity of the original. Father Burke, played by Demian Bichir, and Sister Irene, played by Taissa Farmiga, are sent to investigate the suicide of a nun at an abbey in Romania. They are greeted by a demonic force, the lingering ghost of the nun.

The nun, played by Bonnie Aarons is grotesque and frightening, making her appearance one of the better elements of the movie. Despite the daunting makeup and special effects, the jumpscares still fail to shock an audience. The plot is often confusing and easy to lose throughout the move. A good majority of the film simply leads up to a few key moments; yet they aren’t that crucial. The movie is overall disappointing. People who looking for something similar to “The Conjuring” were discouraged by this newest edition to the franchise. Director Corin Hardy previously directed horror movies “The Hallow”, which received fair reviews in 2015. Since then, this has been his second major film. “The Nun” may be enjoyable to a susceptible audience, but those who are horror veterans will see right through the inaccuracies and mistakes throughout the film.