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by By Sarah Morris - Contributing Writer
Tue, Sep 11th 2018 05:00 pm

A prequel to “The Conjuring” films, “The Nun” takes place in Romania 1952, only three years before “Annabelle: Creation,” chronologically the oldest movie. Each movie is connected by the same demon taking on different shapes, including a nun. The nun herself was featured in the second Conjuring film for only a brief moment, similar to how Annabelle was shown in the first film. 

“The Nun” follows a novitiate, Sister Irene, and a priest, Father Burke, as they investigate the suicide of a nun at the Cârta Monastery, a place full of dark and evil energy. Along, for the ride is Frenchie, who discovered the nuns body. His real identity is kept hidden until the end. 

Unlike the other “Conjuring” movies, “The Nun” has hopped on the humor/horror train that exists in Hollywood today, and is sprinkled with a few dry-humor moments here and there. Whereas other films who do this, like “It,” tend to water down the horror because of this, it didn’t really affect the “spookiness” of these scenes. 

Unfortunately, “spooky” is the only thing you need to worry about in this film, since it only relies on jump scares. So many jump scares, as a matter of fact, that the entire audience of the theater was never quiet. Constant “ooh”s, “watch your back idiot”s  and “holy crap”s were heard, along with the laughs that occurred every time someone screamed. The lack of true horror really connected with the viewers. 

The movie’s most terrifying scene took place in the beginning half of the movie, when Father Burke was buried alive. Being buried alive is a very common fear and I probably wasn’t the only one who couldn’t breathe during that scene. However, it was ruined by the predictability that occurred after when he was attacked underground by grabby zombie hands. 

The final battle of the movie was tense and  suspenseful, definitely keeping me intrigued, though the nun, also known as Valant, a demon who escaped from hell, could’ve amped up the ugliness. Unlike the little girl in “Annabelle: Creation,” there was nothing that scary about the demon’s true face. 

I do praise the last scene of the battle, when Sister Irene (who took her vows just before) drinks the blood of Christ and then spits it out at Valant’s face, killing it. 

After all is calm, the three take off and it seems they’ll be able to move on with their lives. However, the camera pans over to reveal a cross on Frenchie’s neck, after he tells Sister Irene and Father Burke that his real name is Maurice, aka, the man that the Warren couple exorcise in “The Conjuring” after being possessed by Valak. 

This ending redeemed itself, because, in my opinion, there’s no better twist then when the good guys win the battle, but lose the war. 

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