The Nun – IMAX and Blu-ray Review

We take a trip back to 1952 in the latest movie in the Conjuring Universe, The Nun, to find out how it all began and I took the trip back in IMAX in Broughton to enjoy the horror on a big screen.

In Romania, a young nun takes her own life, to find out why she did this a priest with his own haunted past is sent to the cloistered abbey to uncover the order’s unholy secret, their investigation not only has their lives at risk but also their faith and their souls as they confront The Nun, a malevolent evil that has taken o the form the demonic nun that we saw in The Conjuring 2, it’s now a battle of good against evil, light against dark as the abbey becomes a supernatural battleground of the living and damned.

The Conjuring 2 - Vera Farmiga and the Terrifying Nun (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pirctures)
The Conjuring 2 – Vera Farmiga and the Terrifying Nun (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pirctures)

The Nun The Story So Far!

The movies in the Conjuring Universe have certainly given us some shocks over the years since The Conjuring back in 2013, the first movie was set in 1971, then in 2014, Annabelle took us back to 1967, which sadly wasn’t the best in the franchise. 2016 saw The Conjuring 2 take us to 1976 to the Amityville house before heading to Enfield in 1977 and scaring the heck out of us with the “Crooked Man”, this was also where we see The Nun in that terrifying scene in the photo frame!

Annabelle 2 - Teaser Trailer

Annabelle: Creation in 2017, expanded on the terrifying doll with the film set in four time periods, 1943, 1952, 1955 and 1967, now with the latest movie in the franchise we have two time periods 1952 and 1971. Yes, I know this all sounds complicated when trying to fit the movies into chronological viewing, but we should be used to it with the many prequels/sequels that we have these days. Find out more about The Conjuring Universe Timeline.

Is The Nun As Scary as They Say?

The Nun Review

Well that all depends on your nervous disposition, there are many scenes throughout the movie that played on the many senses, from sound to things in the shadows and all nicely directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow), there are plenty of moments in The Nun that even if you don’t jump, you get goosebumps and the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, the film really doesn’t give up on putting you in an environment of the horror genre where you are expecting something to happen, but you just aren’t sure what!

The production of The Nun looks good with the dark shadows, things in the corner of your eye and the sound, as I went to see the IMAX version of the film the sound is so much louder than usual screenings and this works very well with those quiet moments just before the loud shock sounds and those unearthly moments of whispers from various corners of the cinema, now these do make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.

The Nun - Taissa Farmiga

The Nun starts with a Recap

The nice thing about the movie is that it brings you up to speed, before heading to Romania in 1952, by giving us a recap of how The Nun was introduced in The Conjuring 2 with Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), a nice touch to before throwing us in at the deep end with the corridor of crosses and two nuns attempting to find “the relic” before Valek (Bonnie Aarons) can escape.

The Nun - Still

The cast is brilliant in The Nun, with Oscar-nominated Demian Bichir (A Better Life) as Father Burke, Taissa Farmiga (TV’s American Horror Story) as Sister Irene, and Jonas Bloquet (Elle) as local villager Frenchie. The cast also includes Charlotte Hope (TV’s Game of Thrones) as the abbey’s Sister Victoria, Ingrid Bisu (Toni Erdmann) as Sister Oana, and Bonnie Aarons, reprising her Conjuring 2 role as the title character.

The Nun Trailer and NEW Poster

Corin Hardy directs The Nun from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman (“It”), story by James Wan & Gary Dauberman. Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Gary Dauberman, Michael Clear and Todd Williams are the executive producers.

The Nun Blu-ray Review

I originally posted the IMAX review on the 7th September 2018, now it’s time to bring you my thoughts on the Blu-ray release of The Nun which is out on 14 January.

So let me start by saying being able to compare the IMAX and Blu-ray formats of a film I’ve seen is great, and very different as I’m watching the Blu-ray on a 49 inch TV.

The Nun looks great on the Blu-ray release, with the dark parts of the film working very well and those just coming out of the dark moments looking great even on a TV screen, the colours are crisp, such as the moment we first meet Father Burke (Demian Bichir) and the wonderful shot of Rome from the Vatican window, even the lighting as he finds out about the death of a Nun look and feels subdued bu colourful at the same time.

The soundtrack of The Nun on Blu-ray comes with a choice of Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD, English Descriptive Audio, German, Italian, French and Spanish.

Those that have read a few of my Blu-ray reviews, will know that I watch the movies on a DD5.1 system and this gives me the chance to watch a movie with immersive surround sound, it also means that I can hear those difference when watching a movie with it’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

The Nun certainly makes good use of the Dolby Atmos and you can hear those subtle differences when watching the movie, such as the bass frequency in certain scenes and the use of the rear speakers.

But the film still sounds great on the DTS-HD surround track, with, much like the Dolby Atmos, the rear speakers being used to bring the shock values up with the creepy noises and effects to make you feel that you are in the middle of the scenes in The Nun.

The Nun Blu-ray Special Features

  • A New Horror Icon
  • Gruesome Planet
  • The Conjuring Chronology
  • Deleted Scenes

If you have been following the movies in The Conjuring Universe, then The Nun is certainly one to add to the collection. Now it’s just a wait for Annabelle 3 later this year and The Conjuring 3 in 2020.

Back to the beginning of The Nun
The Nun - Brand New Poster

Movie title: The Nun

Movie description: A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.

Date published: 2018-09-07

Director(s): Corin Hardy

Actor(s): Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller,

3.5

Summary

The Nun is a movie that fits in well in the Conjuring Universe, it’s an entertaining horror that certainly brings to light the backstory of the creepy character from The Conjuring 2. The movie looks and sounds great in IMAX and still works very well on its Blu-ray release.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham