“God ends here.”
She knows if you’ve been praying or not, so do pray for your lives’ sake! The demonic nun Valak, previously and memorably busting out of a wall after a game of shadows, will return with her own film, currently being touted as “the darkest chapter” of The Conjuring Universe.
Way before Annabelle came to town, and prior to the Warrens finding their evil-vanquishing calling, the Marquis of Snakes has been terrorizing an abbey in Romania. A nun committed suicide as a result. The Vatican then tasks a priest (Demián Bichir) and a novitiate (Taissa Farmiga, Vera’s younger sister and a great way to bridge the spin-offs to the main Conjuring films) to understand the cause, unaware that they have questionable mental fitness — he’s tortured by the past, she’s haunted by visions of Valak — and thus likely may lose their souls while on duty.
Want to bet it’s by strangling? That’s the ghoul’s favorite move.
Unlike the two (not-quite) Raggedy Ann spinoffs, The Nun won’t be based off of an actual paranormal case; it will just, aside from demonic happenings, capitalize on our fears — due to unfamiliarity — of the cloistered lifestyle and the setting’s gothic mood. While the scares’ quality is TBD, the work to make the atmosphere reverse-of-holy is great thus far. Those who have seen The Hallow, a 2015 horror featuring two Game of Thrones stars, can definitely attest that it’s director Corin Hardy’s ultimate card (for The Nun, he uses on-location filming, candlelights and gaslights to get the freak on).
Two other notables involved in crafting The Nun’s creepiness include Maxime Alexandre, Annabelle Creation’s d.p. and Alexandre Aja’s frequent collaborator, and Abel Korzeniowski, composer of Showtime’s magnificent series Penny Dreadful.
The Nun aims to, gulp, bless your nights on September 7th. For more news and an eventual review of the film, stay with The Young Folks.