The Nun (2017) Horror Movie Recap


For those who haven’t seen The Nun (2017), or it has been a while and don’t remember.

In 1952, Romania, two nuns living at the Saint Cartha’s monastery are attacked by an unseen evil force. The surviving nun, Sister Victoria, flees from the attacker—a demon appearing as a nun—and hangs herself. Her body is discovered by Frenchie, a villager who transports supplies to the nuns. The Vatican sends Father Burke with Sister Irene, a nun in her novitiate, to Romania to investigate. The pair meets Frenchie, discovers Victoria’s body, and takes a key from her corpse.

Inside the abbey, they meet the Abbess, who informs them that the nuns observe silence during the night, so they need to return the next day. That night, Burke is rescued by Irene after being buried alive in the graveyard by the demonic entity. The next day, Irene and Burke return to the abbey, but only Irene can enter as it is cloistered. She meets the other nuns and learns that they are praying constantly, swapping in shifts, to keep the entity at bay.

The film combines Gothic dread with candlelit stone passageways, creaky sound design, and mesmerizing tones of deep, droning chants. Set at a remote abbey in 1952 Romania, “The Nun” grabs you with its foreboding atmosphere. Fog shrouds the overgrown grounds dotted with makeshift wooden crosses. Despite well-intentioned young nuns’ prayers, this cursed place remains unredeemable. The Vatican sends demon hunter Father Burke and Sister Irene to determine what forces are plaguing this holy site. Sister Irene has a history of experiencing visions and is played by Taissa Farmiga (younger sister of Vera Farmiga from “The Conjuring” movies). Together with local farmhand Maurice (nicknamed Frenchie), they uncover an unholy secret.

While “The Nun” has mood and atmosphere, some critics found its narrative weak and inconsistent. Nevertheless, it became the highest-grossing film in “The Conjuring” serie . If you’re into supernatural horror with an eerie setting and demonic entities, this film might be worth checking out!


Genre: Religious Horror

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