Much like the way the youngest of five children must feel growing up in the shadow of their older sibling’s accomplishments, The Nun, by all accounts, has a lot to live up to. The fifth installment in The Conjuring universe, it’s a member of a family of films that has commanded over a billion dollars at the box office, making it a part of one of the most profitable horror franchises in history. The latest on a growing list of Conjuring spin-offs, The Nun may eventually fill those shoes, but like it’s predecessor Annabelle, not without a few growing pains first.
Directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow), The Nun is a true family affair. Taissa Farmiga, the real-life younger sister of The Conjuring’s Vera Farmiga, stars as Sister Irene, a novitiate who has yet to make her commitment to the church final by taking her vows. Damian Bichir co-stars as Father Burke, a Catholic priest who the church calls on in, let’s say, delicate situations. The duo is sent by the Vatican to the Romanian countryside to look into the apparent suicide of a nun at the Carta Monastery.
Written by James Wan and Gary Dauberman, The Nun takes place in 1952, placing it at the beginning of The Conjuring universe’s timeline. The film, billed as the “darkest chapter in The Conjuring universe”, successfully creates a dark, gothic setting for the characters to immerse themselves in.<!