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The Nun offers no scares: Movie review by Rashid Irani

This spin-off prequel to The Conjuring movies is just a collection of genre clichés.

Updated: Sep 07, 2018 22:26:26

By Rashid Irani

A demon ‘terrorises’ a cloistered convent and a village, following the mysterious death of a nun.
THE NUN
Direction: Corin HardyActors: Demian Bichir, Taissa FarmigaRating: 0.5 / 5

First there were The Conjurings, then the spinoff Anabelles, and now this spin-off prequel — that offers pretty much no scares at all.

A collection of genre clichés, The Nun follows an elderly exorcist (Demian Bicher) and a young novitiate (Taissa Farmiga) tasked with investigating the apparent suicide of a nun at a remote abbey in Romania. The duo is immediately faced with a spectral demon bent on terrorising the inhabitants of the cloistered convent and the nearby village.

Tepid jump-scare tactics, a murky visual aesthetic and a deafening soundtrack merely induce feelings of déjà vu. Faux-religious iconography abounds and the protagonists go through the familiar motions of throwing themselves into harm’s way repeatedly as they stumble towards the overwrought finale. 

First Published: Sep 07, 2018 22:26:26

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