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The Nun (2018)

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A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.

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Corin Hardy

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Gary Dauberman (screenplay by), James Wan (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Demián Bichir ... Father Burke (as Demian Bichir)
Taissa Farmiga ... Sister Irene
Jonas Bloquet ... Frenchie
Bonnie Aarons ... The Nun
Ingrid Bisu ... Sister Oana
Patrick Wilson ... Ed Warren
Vera Farmiga ... Lorraine Warren
Lili Taylor ... Carolyn Perron
Charlotte Hope ... Sister Victoria
Sandra Teles ... Sister Ruth
Maria Obretin Maria Obretin ... Sister Abigail
August Maturo ... Daniel
Jack Falk ... Daniel
Lynnette Gaza ... Mother Superior
Ani Sava ... Sister Jessica
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Storyline

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 the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in 'The Conjuring 2,' as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned. Written by Warner Bros.

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She Doesn't Forgive See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror, violence, and disturbing/bloody images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Romanian | Latin

Release Date:

7 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nun See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,807,379, 9 September 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$117,443,149, 20 November 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$360,045,963, 21 October 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | 12-Track Digital Sound (IMAX 12 track)| Dolby Atmos

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

After the "Demon Nun" from The Conjuring 2 (2016) proved to be a popular horror antagonist, a spin-off focusing on the character was green-lit, making her the second character from the franchise to get her own feature after Annabelle (2014). The Crooked Man from Conjuring 2 will be the third in The Crooked Man. See more »

Goofs

When sister Irene is teaching children at the beginning of the story, she affectionately teases a child by rubbing a spot of red paint on the girl's nose. She is interrupted by someone entering the room, and when the child with the red-painted nose turns to see who's come in, the red paint is no longer there. See more »

Quotes

Frenchie: [shooting down the burning nun] This felt like an emergency.
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Crazy Credits

Mario Di Donato, Fr. Burke stand-in. See more »

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Featured in Chris Stuckmann Movie Reviews: The Nun (2018) See more »

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You Belong to Me
Written by Chilton Price, Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart
Performed by Jo Stafford
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Not what you want it to be
6 September 2018 | by robinalersSee all my reviews

Let's begin with saying that the movie is definitely still worth the time to see. As there are a few moments where The Nun is portrayed in such a way that you do feel how great and powerful it is, and the music during these scenes (trust me, you will recognise them when you see them) is incredible. You'll feel hopeless, just as the characters at that time, but unfortunately these moments are scarce.

As human being, we find darkness scary, we hate it because we cannot see properly and thus find ourselves in the unknown. This is what drives a good horror movie, it is why the first Paranormal Activity was such a success for example. The horror of things happening, but not knowing what it is or where it is. The Nun fails to deliver this horror of the unknown. As we, in almost all scenes, see what it is that should terrify us, in great and gory detail. And while I love a tip of the hat to a more old school type of horror (more gore and monstrous feelings), I do not like how The Nun delivers it.

The amount of times we see a close up of the face of the nun is insane, and takes away the fear that this character had left us in during the Conjuring movies. It was the lack of screentime and the darkness surrounding this character that made her so extremely scary and interesting in those movies. It reminded me of the Devil's face in the original Exorcist movie. We don't see it often, but when we see it it terrifies us, because we cannot quite tell all the characteristics of its face, and it is always surrounded by darkness. The Nun is blatantly obvious, and her screaming in the camera makes it feel more like you're watching The Mummy, than The Nun.

Then there's the writing, the addition of comic relief is a good idea, but the timing is always off and rarely funny. The storyline is a bit basic, a gateway to hell, again, a demon needs a body, again, our past haunts us, again; it delivers nothing we haven't seen already. And I don't mind that, but then at least deliver it with tenacity. The jump scares feel as though they know that the audience knows its coming, so they just try to come at you from a different position than you expect: e.g., camera does a full 360, we expect something to happen, it doesn't and then something drops from above.

No, the movie disappoints. The story is basic, the timing of humor is laughable and the excessive amount of screentime - for that which petrified us with hardly any in the Conjuring movies - makes the Nun into something we hoped it wouldn't be. And unfortunately the great scenery, actually horrifying scenes and amazing soundtrack just can't lift this movie beyond 'just another horror movie'.


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