The Nun – Another Visit to the Conjuring Universe – IMAX 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.

Is The Nun As Scary as They Say?

The Nun

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 is heading to Blu-ray and DVD 14 January 2019.

Back to the beginning of The Nun


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.

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.
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