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Movie Review: THE NUN (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

THE NUN was directed by Corin Hardy from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman and story by James Wan and Dauberman, which delves into the shocking origin of the demonic Nun Valak, who first made her evil presence known in The Conjuring 2. The film stars Demian Bichir as Father Burke, Taissa Farmiga as Sister Irene, and Jonas Bloquet as local villager Frenchie. The cast also includes Charlotte Hope as the abbey’s Sister Victoria, Ingrid Bisu as Sister Oana and Bonnie Aarons, reprising her Conjuring 2 role as the title character. The music is by Abel Korzeniowski.

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.

This fifth installment in The Conjuring Universe serves as a prequel that gives a little backstory to the terrifying demonic nun known as Valak. The movie takes place in 1952 and follows Father Burke and Sister Irene who travel from the Vatican to Romania on a mission to investigate the mysterious death of a nun. Upon arrival they team up with Frenchie who serves as sort of a guide as well as a loyal ally in the battle against evil. The investigation takes place at this old abbey where they discover its dark history and it serves as the home to this ancient evil. Father Burke and Sister Irene are separated a lot of the time which allows the two of them to have their own creepy adventures. Father Burke narrowly escapes death several times and Sister Irene meets with some of the nuns that live in this haunted abbey where she slowly learns more about what’s actually going on in this place.

What happens is, when Valek reveals itself, it’s intentions are clear that it wants to kill the two visitors along with their new friend Frenchie but Sister Irene has learned enough of its dark past that gives her a fighting chance to stop it. She locates an ancient relic containing the blood of Jesus Christ and with the help of Father Burke and Frenchie they’re able to send the demon nun back to hell where it came from – or at least that’s what they think. The final moments in the movie fast forward twenty years later and shows Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) at a seminar where they present footage of Ed exorcising a possessed Frenchie and sitting in the audience is Carolyn Perron (Lili Taylor) and we all know where this leads to – The Conjuring.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc is black and features the movie logo. The DVD disc is chrome and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, there’s some good and unfortunately some bad when it comes to The Nun with the weakest part being its execution and lack of genuine scares. The good parts include the interesting story, the incredible location and of course the talented cast and cameos. It was great to see Bonnie Aarons reprise her role as the newest horror icon because nobody else could play this character the way she does. There’s also Taissa Farmiga who does a great job as this young novice whose innocence gives the movie some balance against this ancient evil. There’s also some impressive cinematography by Maxime Alexandre that helps with the atmospheric look this gothic creeper sets off. There are some great scenes in the movie but there’s just a little too much slow burn to it and not enough of those really terrifying scares that only James Wan knows how to deliver. He knows how to get to the audience and hopefully Corn Hardy will learn how to pull this off as he grows as a director. All in all, I’d say The Nun comes in just ahead of Annabelle but far behind The Conjuring movies and Annebelle: CreationThe Nun will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on December 4th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 96 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include three making of/behind-the-scenes featurettes that include interviews with some of the cast and crew, seven deleted scenes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • A New Horror Icon (05:18)
  • Gruesome Planet (06:18)
  • The Conjuring Chronology (03:50)
  • Deleted Scenes (12:18)
  • Digital Copy

 

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