Film Review: The Nun (2018) - The Exorcist+Salem's Lot+The Ju-On+Dracula+Boogey Man=The Nun

Updated: Aug 4

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FILE PHOTO: A Poster of THE NUN (2018).  ©New Line Cinema
FILE PHOTO: A Poster of THE NUN (2018). ©New Line Cinema

The producer of The Conjuring franchise (2013-2018; total 5 films), James Wan who is well known for SAW franchise (2004-2017; total 8 films). It is no doubt that the best horror filmmaker in the present film industries.

You can find the image of The Nun 《鬼修女》is extremely similar to Mr. Barlow in The Salem's Lot (1979). The Nun is undoubted that it imitated Mr. Barlow's monster image.

FILE PHOTO: A Paint of THE NUN (2018).  ©New Line Cinema
FILE PHOTO: A Paint of THE NUN (2018). ©New Line Cinema
FILE PHOTO: A Paint of THE NUN (2018).  ©New Line Cinema
FILE PHOTO: A Paint of THE NUN (2018). ©New Line Cinema

Valak / The Nun's image is something familiar for mature horror fans.


FILE PHOTO: A Still Image of SALEM'S LOT (1979). ©Warner Bros. Television
FILE PHOTO: A Still Image of SALEM'S LOT (1979). ©Warner Bros. Television
FILE PHOTO: A Production Image of SALEM'S LOT (1979). ©Warner Bros. Television
FILE PHOTO: A Production Image of SALEM'S LOT (1979). ©Warner Bros. Television

Conjuring Mr. Barlow from Salem's Lot (1979)

However, this film overly used jump scary tricks throughout the entire film with heavy sound effects which cause head ache among audiences.

Moreover, the script logic is problematic that when Father Burke and Sister Irene investigate the Romanian ancient Cârța Monastery, the first encounter with the Abbess and easy acceptance of stay at the attached convent is too careless, and unusual when Frenchie who was a food supplier to the nuns said the place has been cursed and nobody comes to the territory.

Its plotting sloppiness itself is a miracle to link illogically gathered pieces of sequences that follow.

Especially Father Burke and Sister Irene blindly believe and treat the dead nuns as live people is another miraculous narrative fabrication.

Audience is hard to be persuaded in this logical failure.

Besides these, other fatal logical failure is that additional inserted episode of failed exorcism on Daniel, by this episode, the director Corin Hardy tried to make comparison and linkage with Father Lankester Merrin of The Exorcist (1973), or Father Morning of The Exorcist III (1990).

On the contrary, the exorcism of Valak / The Nun is unexpectedly not fully engaged between Father Burke and Valak / The Nun.

FILE PHOTO: A Still Image of THE NUN (2018).  ©New Line Cinema
FILE PHOTO: A Still Image of THE NUN (2018). ©New Line Cinema

Father Burke 's exorcism against Valak / The Nun is not exciting like the master piece.


FILE PHOTO: A Still Image of THE EXORCIST (1973).  ©Warner Bros. Pictures
FILE PHOTO: A Still Image of THE EXORCIST (1973). ©Warner Bros. Pictures

Father Lankester Merrin of The Exorcist (1973)'s exorcism scenes made this film a master piece, a classic.

For jumping scare, this trick is from The Ju-On (2004: US). And it's heavily used to scare audiences cheaply.

This is directorial sin in this film. However, you have to mention that there are truly scary spooky atmosphere, well-crafted Gothic art solutions, acting is also realistic, no sloppy acting.