Horror movies are an acquired taste for many and there’s no two ways about it, you either like them or you don’t and there’s no in between. Well that was our view until recently, at least since we’ve started giving horror movies a chance and checking them out objectively. We quite liked A Quiet Place and can’t wait for the confirmed sequel thereof. That opened up our horizons and it’s no surprise why we took Ster Kinekor up on their offer to form part of the pre-screening of the latest horror blockbuster, The Nun.
Cast – Taissa Farmiga, Demian Bichir, Bonnie Aarons, Charlotte Hope & Jonas Bloquet
Director – Corin Hardy
Genre – Mystery/Thriller
Running Time – 1h 36m
When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in “The Conjuring 2,” as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.
We won’t lie this movie is just about as freaky as one can get, it perfectly includes all the ingredients of a typical horror movie. So yes, you will get your fair share of drama, scary moments, weird and dark background music and voices with the occasional uneasiness and edge of your seat type of feeling whilst watching. For the fainthearted and horror movie rookies, this is probably not the movie for you but if you are up for a challenge and something different with scary sequences (like we were) then give it a try, just try to not leave early otherwise you won’t get your money’s worth right?
The Nun doesn’t hold back and that’s something we appreciated and in IMAX (which we experienced it in) the movie literally comes alive with crisp, quality sound and images. We never knew horror movies could render this good in IMAX, turns out they do and make the experience that much more worthwhile. Highly recommend you see this one or any other movie (like we’ve been saying all along) in IMAX…the movie watching experience is unlike anything, take our word for it, that’s for those who have never watched anything in that format of course.
As mentioned before, we are not full-blown horror movie fans however, The Nun did a great job of continuing to alter our feelings. We now get the appeal and what others see in them, agreed they’re not for everyone but there’s a certain consistent level of excitement, sequences and drama they bring that you don’t find in other genres. We mentioned that the movie doesn’t hold back and there’s a good reason for that, The Nun goes deep into satanic, demonic elements that might not appeal to some with the sprinkle of biblical references also used throughout…don’t say we didn’t warn you.
For individuals who weren’t too fond of the horror genre, A Quiet Place and The Nun (our focus this time around) went a long way in convincing us otherwise. The Nun won’t appeal to some but definitely will strike a good cord with those open to anything and especially hardcore horror movie fans. It had us on the edge of our seats and we thoroughly enjoyed the ride it took us on. We definitely approve of this one and that’s why it gets a refreshing 7 out of 10 rating. The Nun officially opens up in cinemas tomorrow.
Special thanks to Ster Kinekor for the great screening that came in IMAX…best way to watch any movie we still say!