“The Nun” (2018) is directed by Corin Hardy and is about a demon that takes the form of a nun and terrorizes a Catholic church in 1952 Romania. It has some good things in it, but it is overall a terrible movie.
Let’s take a look at some of the good things first. The movie opens with the titular nun killing a few regular nuns. It’s tense, well shot and well acted. It is genuinely scary to see nuns turn evil and do non-nun like things. The movie also has some excellent sound design and a great score. Ambient music sets the tone for everything that happens.
One character named Frenchie (Jonas Bloquet) is, at the beginning of the film, very annoying. He goes around hitting on nuns and making stupid jokes that are simply not funny. But as the movie progresses, he becomes one of the only relatable characters with actual personality. The movie decides to turn him into an action hero by the end, giving him one liners that do not necessarily land by themselves, but are delivered with real charisma.
Now for all the bad stuff, which is unfortunately just about everything else. Let’s begin by talking about the nun herself. She’s a demon that was locked away in a church in Romania, but was set free because… reasons. Meaning no reason.
In “The Conjuring 2” (2016) the demons design was terrifying and they showed her whole face about three times in the whole movie. Now, she’s front and center, and therefore, not scary anymore. Her design is creepy, and she floats, which is also creepy. But, if you see something enough times, is it still scary?
If you have ever seen Jaws (1975) you’d realize how the monster, in that case a shark, rarely has any screen time until the end. This technique allows the audience to imagine their own monster, and make them freak out when they finally see that horrific design. That is not the case here. It doesn’t help that she is shown through cheap jump scares that leave absolutely no lasting impressions because they’re in about every scary movie nowadays.
Now, the movie also has some pretty serious story elements that just do not work. One in particular stood out to me which is so dumb, it has to be seen to be believed.
Or I’ll just roast it right here. So in order to defeat this thing, the main characters need Jesus Christ’s blood. I’m serious. The blood of Jesus is literally what saves everyone. Subtle, right? I haven’t heard something that incredibly stupid in any movie since we found out that Batman and Superman both have moms named Martha.
All in all though, “The Nun” doesn’t live up to the hype. It’s boring, not scary and the characters are all stupid. Skip this one and watch “Hereditary” (2018) again at home.