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The Nun

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The Nun
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Witness the worst movie chapter in The Conjuring Universe.
Genre: Horror
Directed By: Corin Hardy
Written By: Gary Dauberman
Starring: Demián Bichir
Taissa Farmiga
Jonas Bloquet
Photography: Color
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: September 4, 2018 (TCL Chinese Theatre)
September 7, 2018 (United States)
Runtime: 96 minutes
Country: United States
Budget: $22 million
Box Office: $365.6 million
Franchise: The Conjuring Universe
Prequel: Annabelle: Creation (by released date)
Sequel: Annabelle: Creation (chronologically)
The Curse of La Llorona
The Nun 2

"The Nun, the darkest chapter in The Conjuring Universe, as all trailers says. "The Nun. The darkest chapter in The Conjuring Universe. The darkest chapter, the darkest chapter." And it's so dark, so dark that I couldn't see a goddamn thing."
"Nowhere near on the level of what was brought by the first two Conjuring films."
Chris Stuckmann

The Nun is a 2018 American gothic supernatural horror film directed by Corin Hardy and written by Gary Dauberman, from a story by Dauberman and James Wan. It is a spin-off of 2016's The Conjuring 2 and the fifth installment in The Conjuring Universe franchise. The Nun premiered at TCL Chinese Theatre on September 4, 2018, and was released in the United States on September 7, 2018, by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema.

A sequel, The Nun 2, is currently in production with Michael Chaves directing and James Wan and Peter Safran co-producing. It is set to be release on September 8, 2023, five years after this.


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 a demonic nun.

Bad Qualities

  1. The film is a massive and blatant jump scare-fest. All of the jump scares are planted everywhere and are too overused to the point where the movie's not scary anymore.
    • Besides that, the film isn't even scary despite the dark atmosphere.
  2. The plot is poorly constructed. We are left with loads of filler in the 1st and 2nd acts and finally, something happens in the third act. Up until that, the film is very boring, despite being 96 minutes long.
    • Also, the film's tone is inconsistent . It goes from dark and dreading to downright silly at times, despite the trailers, tv spots and posters says "The Darkest Chapter in The Conjuring Universe". Even CorderyFX says it is so dark that he couldn't see a goddamn thing when the trailers says.
  3. There is no reason to make this movie about the Valak, even if she was in the post-credit scene from Annabelle: Creation. While she was the main antagonist and do get fair amount of screentime in The Conjuring 2, she barely even does anything and was only there in the movie just to set up this prequel, similar to Annabelle.
  4. Valak's character design makes her look like Marilyn Manson in a drag.
  5. The film reveals everything way too early in the movie. Not only do you see Valak in the first five minutes and see her jumping every 10 minutes, but you also hear her screaming, attacking victims, etc. repeatedly throughout the movie.
  6. There is no tension whatsoever in this film, as it is all ruined with the cheap jump scares fest.
  7. It tries to introduce a comic relief character in the movie but fails miserably as the character takes away all of the tension in the movie.
  8. What's the deal with The Nun always screaming like an angry hyena everytime whenever she appears on screen?
  9. Plot hole: It is highly improbable that Sister Irene, with such a slim and petite figure, could dig Father Burke out of the grave so easily as depicted in the movie.
  10. There are those who feel that the covenants nuns are underused being dead all along and that the movie would have been stronger with more people actively struggling against Valak at the end.
  11. An unskippable YouTube AD showed up before videos to promote the film tricking the viewer into believing that their volume was being turned down before a jump scare occurs. This could have caused hearing damage or a heart attack to elderly people or people with heart conditions if they fell for the audio trick and turned up the volume.

Good Qualities

  1. The performances are decent.
  2. The CGI is amazing and better than expected.
  3. The cinematography is dazzling, just like other films from The Conjuring Universe.
  4. The setting is well done though it isn't enough to cover the inconsistent tone.
  5. Good soundtrack composed by Abel Korzeniowski.


The Nun received mixed-to-negative reviews by critics, audiences and fans alike who praise for its performances and atmosphere, but criticism for its weak narrative, inconsistent logic and over-reliance on jump-scares. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 24% based on 205 reviews, and an average rating of 4.45/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Nun boasts strong performances, spooky atmospherics, and a couple decent set-pieces, but its sins include inconsistent logic, and narrative slackness.". On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 46 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C" on an A+ to F scale, the lowest of the series.

Chris Stuckmann gave this movie an D+ grade.

Box office

The Nun grossed $117.5 million in the United States and Canada, and $248.1 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $365.6 million, against a production budget of $22 million, becoming the highest-grossing film in the franchise and was the box office success, despite receiving mixed-to-negative.



  • In August 2018, there was a short, unskippable ad on YouTube for this movie that consisted of a volume pop up going up and down before going mute, which is followed by a jumpscare from Valak as many users complained that the five second clip featuring a startling jump scare was "too scary," and was allegedly giving many viewers gas. It was later banned from appearing as an advertisement for violating platform's advertisement policy for "Shocking Content", and apologised, claiming that it was not their intention to publish content that may potentially "offend" or "shock" viewers, or give them indigestion.[1] You can also click hereScreamerwiki.png.
  • The events take place before Annabelle: Creation (2017), making it the first movie (chronologically) in the film series. Although the opening scenes of Annabelle: Creation take place before The Nun, the rest occurs afterward.
  • After the "Demon Nun" from The Conjuring 2 (2016) proved to be a popular horror antagonist, a spin-off focusing on the character was green-lit, making her the second character to get her own feature after Annabelle (2014). The Crooked Man, from Conjuring 2, will be the third in The Crooked Man.
  • This is the shortest movie in The Conjuring Universe. It's 1h 33min long.
  • Despite the reviews, it spawned internet memes, such as the official poster.

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