I've always been a huge fan of scary movies, so I was surprised when my husband, who actually hates scary movies, suggested that we go see this all-new horror film.
Since today's post is about The Nun, I am going to use scary nun heads to rate the movie at the end of the post!:
The plot of this film follows Sister Irene and Father Anthony who have been sent to Carta Monastery in Romania following the suicide of a nun to see whether or not the monastery could still be considered holy ground. Frenchie, a farmer who lives in the area, was the one who found the dead nun, who was hanging from a window of the monastery.
Creepy things start to happen all around the trio. Father Anthony is haunted by his past, when a young boy died after he exorcised him. Sister Irene, who is a new initiate into the nunnery who has yet to take her yows, has her faith tested. And Frenchie, an unsuspecting third party to the trip, is taken aback by the shadows following him in the woods.
The only question is: will they make it out alive to report back to the Vatican?
ACTING | 4.5/5
The actors in the movie were all very good, in my opinion. Sometimes you risk watching actors who have corny reactions or terrible acting skills, especially in the horror genre. But, each of the actors and actresses in the film adequately represented the natural fear someone in their situation would have.
THE STORYLINE | 5/5
Overall, I thought the storyline made a lot of sense. In some horror movies, leaps are made to create a character's backstory or to create the scary creature or ghost. However, in this one, it made sense. The demon was the result of a pagan ritual that the previous owner of the castle had done. Then, the religious people stormed the castle and took it for the church, which turned it into a monastery.
An earthquake had reopened the seal to the underworld, which was previously opened by the pagan ritual. It was closed by the ancient artifact that held drops of Jesus' blood. The backstories of the father, sister, and Frenchie were all great, as well!
SCARINESS | 3/5
Admittedly, I don't get scared very easily when watching scary movies. There were a few jump scares that got me, but nothing that truly horrified me. However, this will change from person to person. If you are easily spooked by demons and phobias like being buried alive, this movie will be scarier to you than it was to me!
SPECIAL EFFECTS | 5/5
Special effects are a must with any horror movie. I thought that the special effects, CGI, and just everything that they had to do with computer animation was fantastic. There is one part of the movie where it looks as though the hallway has turned into a wind tunnel. This was effectively communicated through animation as well as the ominous view of crosses turning upside down simultaneously.
After I took all of these into consideration, I think I would have to give this film:
As I said, it scored low in the "scariness" category for me, but I still think it is worth a watch this fall. If you can't catch it in theaters, you can surely rent it online or at Redbox when it becomes available!
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