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“The Nun” offers more of the same story

I’m not an avid fan of the horror genre. It is not that horror movies scare me, rather, I find horror movies humorous more often than not.

With a Rotten Tomato rating of 29%, I was not expecting blood-curdling terror from “The Nun,” but rather rib-tickling humor. After watching the movie, I cannot say it succeeded in either.

An IMDB summary of “The Nun” reads, “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.”

“The Nun” is the next installation of the Conjuring series, a series of horror films mainly based around the Warrens, supernatural investigators whose focus is mainly on possession. While “The Nun” takes place in the “Conjuring” universe, it is not tied to the “Conjuring” by its protagonists, but rather its monster, the demonic nun in Conjuring 2.

The problem with The Nun is that it’s simply a dull movie. The plot is dull, the monster is dull, the characters are dull. It seemed for the majority of the movie I was waiting for something to happen.

The plot for The Nun is remarkably slow. The mystery of why the young nun committed suicide was never quite strong and nor was the investigation. It came off long and drawn out, with nothing interesting or horrifying truly happening as they continued their investigation.

Partially, this is for lack of suspense. The Nun plays off of the oldest tricks in the book without adding anything new to terrify the viewer. The scares are predictable, and moreover, the monster is bland.

Throughout the movie, the characters all discuss the evil which lurks in the Abbey, threatening to escape—the demonic nun. It could work as foreshadowing, but as the movie continued, I began to question just why they were so scared of the Nun. She disappeared for significant parts of the movie as if she was as intent on traumatizing the protagonists as she was minding her own business.

Then, there were the characters. It was clear that some of the actors were trying their best with the parts, but with the bland dialogue they were given, there is only so much the actor can do. They weren’t dimensional enough for me to empathize with their problems. While there was one character I cared about dying, he was not even one of the main characters.

For those like me who go to horror movies to laugh, The Nun is just too slow to even be worth the few chuckles. For those who like to be terrified, The Nun is not horrifying enough to keep you up at night. Its inconsistent in its plot, and too bland for the audience to get attached to.

If you are planning to see The Nun soon, my advice is to find a better movie on Netflix. You’ll be less disappointed.

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