Moderator / Reviewer
- Apr 4, 2017
My AV System
- Preamp, Processor or Receiver
- Yamaha TRS-7850 Atmos Receiver
- Other Amp
- Peavy IPR 3000 for subs
- Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
- Sony ubx800 4K UHD Player
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- Volt 10 Surrounds
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- 2x Marty subs (full size with SI 18's)
- Video Display Device
- JVC RS-46 Projector
- Draper Cineperm M1300 119 inch Static Screen
Who would have though James Wan’s little low budget horror film, The Conjuring would have created such a spin off universe. After his breakout film Warner Brothers decided to make a complete universe out of the Ed and Lorraine Warren inspired film, and used little pieces from The Conjuring films to make their own side stories. I have to admit, Annabelle was a movie nobody asked for, but was made anyways, and Annabelle 2 was actually a decent horror movie in it’s own right. It didn’t have much but the most tenuous connections to the first Annabelle film, but it worked on it’s own. The Conjuring 2 was hyped to oblivion, but turned out to be not nearly as good a sequel to the original as we had hoped. HOWEVER, the minute we saw the evil nun picture from The Conjuring 2, it was almost guaranteed that we would see a spinoff regarding that creepy little painting. A few short years later here it is. A movie that was release midst near unanimous criticism, but one that actually made $45 million MORE than The Conjuring 2! Sadly, the criticism was real, and not just critics bashing a movie that was liked by the general public. The Nun is a genuinely horrible horror movie, and easily the worst film based off of The Conjuring universe by a very large margin.
When a young nun in a Romanian convent is found having committed suicide by hanging herself out the window, the Vatican sends in a specialist named Father Burke (Demian Bichir) to see if the grounds are still “holy” by Church standards. Along with a young nun to be named Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga, who is Vera Farmiga’s much younger sister) and a guide named Frenchie (Jonas Bloquet), the good father investigates the castle turned convent for signs of demonic activity. Well, if demonic activity is what they were expecting to find, demonic activity is what they find. Upon arriving at the convent the two church members suspect something is off. The mother superior is speaking in cryptic riddles, and the nuns at the convent seem to be frightened of something. Due to the fact that it’s a holy day, with holy rituals, the two are forced to stay the night (seriously? We can’t all see where this is going) and wait it out until morning.
As the night progresses Sister Irene and Father Burke are plagued by visions of their past, specters of the present, and a whole host of strange things that prove that this ground really isn’t holy anymore. The problem is, the spirit that is possessing these grounds is not about to let it’s victims escape, and what started out as a simple probing expedition turns into a fight for survival as Father Burke and Sister Irene do their best to contain the demonic powers before it’s unleashed upon the world.
Colin Hardy does do a fantastic job with the setting of the film though. The Romanian setting with the castle feels very 1970s ish in nature, and gives it a little bit of a creaky, Dracula like vibe at time. The old walls, the dripping wet stone castle, and the somber color grading is really effective at creating a world that exists outside of time, even though it’s supposed to be set in the 1950s. That being said, this is the ONLY good thing to say about the film, as the rest is a jumbled nightmare of silly acting, poor script writing, and direction that can only be described as haphazard.
Rated R for terror, violence, and disturbing/bloody images
I noticed that this has a “surprise” 4K UHD release, like Crazy Rich Asians did a few weeks ago. When we got the press release from Warner there was no mention of a 4K release, and even the bigger sites confirmed this. However, a 4K UHD pre-order showed up on Amazon and low and behold, on release date Walmart and Amazon showed stock of the film (and I confirmed by going into Walmart today when I was looking for some groceries for dinner). Strangely enough, The Conjuring 2 had a 4K UHD release planned for it a couple years ago, but then was suddenly yanked at the last moment. This time it’s the opposite. No 4K UHD release was seemingly planned, but at the last moment Warner decided to drop it on the market. Sadly the review sites seemed not to have been given the option to review the 4K disc, so the Blu-ray will have to suffice.
• Gruesome Planet
• The Conjuring Chronology
• Over 10 minutes of deleted scenes
The Nun had potential based upon past history with the franchise, and I understand where they were trying to go with the story, but the execution of the idea was nothing short of tragic in nature. The film comes across as a studio hack job, with a bigger budget and (sadly) higher box office return than any in the franchise. That may mean we have more of these movies, and I can only hope that they hire someone at least relatively competent to do the next one, as this entry was just abysmal. I hate to be the debbie downer for a franchise that I have generally enjoyed (and sometimes loved), but The Nun was literally painful to sit through. Warner’s Blu-ray release has some problematic video and decent extras, but once more, the audio mix is nothing short of sonic perfection. I mentioned this in my video score, but Warner seems to have done a last minute 4K UHD release as well as Blu-ray (just like what happened with Crazy Rich Asians), but those 4K copies seem to be limited to Amazon and Walmart right now, which is where you would want to go to pick it up if you were so inclined. If you’re not a rabid collector of all things in The Conjuring universe, then I would just skip this one and run the other way.
Starring: Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Bonnie Aarons, Ingrid Bisu, Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor
Directed by: Corin Hardy
Written by: Gary Dauberman (Screenplay), James Wan (Story By)
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 AVC
Audio: English: Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Core), English DTS-HD MA 5.1, French, Spanish, Portuguese, English DVS DD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Runtime: 97 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: December 4th, 2018
Recommendation: Skip It.