The Nun – UHD Review

What's the opposite of a miracle, Father? 2.5 Stars

Set as a prequel to The Conjuring series, The Nun reveals the origin of the Demon Nun featured in The Conjuring 2.

After two nuns die under mysterious circumstances in Romania, a Vatican problem solver, Father Burke (Demian Bichir) and an American initiate who has yet to take her vows, Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga, sister of Conjuring star Vera Farmiga), are sent to investigate. What they discover is that bombing during a military operation has unleashed a demonic presence and that the nuns gave their lives to ensure the demon was unable to leave the church property. They are guided by a French Canadian “Frenchie” (Jonas Bloquet) who discovered the hanged body of one of the nuns.

Burke is haunted by the failed exorcism of a young boy in his past. The locals are acting weird. And Frenchie, well he’s a bit of a mess on his own. Irene has her work cut out for her if she is to help Burke face down The Nun and keep the demon bottled up in the bowels of the church. Fortunately she was picked for her unexpected visions, and it may be that her psychic powers will save the day.


The Nun (2018)
Released: 07 Sep 2018
Rated: R
Runtime: 96 min
Director: Corin Hardy
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Cast: Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Bonnie Aarons
Writer(s): Gary Dauberman (screenplay by), James Wan (story by), Gary Dauberman (story by)
Plot: 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.
IMDB rating: 5.5
MetaScore: 46

Disc Information
Studio: Warner Brothers
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 2160p HEVC w/HDR
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audio: Dolby Atmos, English 5.1 DTS-HDMA, Spanish 5.1 DD, French 5.1 DD
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Rating: R
Run Time: 1 Hr. 36 Min.
Package Includes: UHD, Blu-ray, Digital Copy
Case Type: Keep Case
Disc Type: BD50 (dual layer)
Region: A
Release Date: 12/04/2018
MSRP: $44.95

The Production: 3/5

The Nun has had notable theatrical success with over $300m in domestic box office. I come to the film with no history having watched the others in the series, as I suspect many viewers will. It’s a bit incoherent in its plot and it’s obvious from the start that Irene will not be successful in stopping the demon nun’s escape as she’ll have to somehow get from Romania to America for the events in The Conjuring films. That’s not to say it isn’t entertaining, it absolutely is, in the way that cocktail peanuts are food. It’s light entertainment backed by numerous jump scares, Gothic architecture, twists and turns, and and ending that isn’t initially what it seems.

The Nun is beautifully shot on location in Romania and Transylvania, with exquisite care taken to wring all it possibly can out of rugged landscapes and spooky crypts alike. Don’t try to make sense of the plot, but enjoy the jump scares, twisted sisters, and live burials and you’ll have a good time. Repeat after me: Willing suspension of disbelief.

Video: 4/5

3D Rating: NA

Shot on Arri Alexa and presented in 4K UHD with HDR10 HDR, The Nun nails a creepy look with a ton of shadow detail and negligible noise and grain despite being predominantly filmed in very dark spaces. Close ups reveal a ton of texture in faces and clothes and the HDR is effective in highlighting glowing candles and supernatural highlights. Thumbs up all around for IQ.

Audio: 4/5

The Nun has a Dolby Atmos track that is a LOT of fun but somehow it defaults to DTS HDMA. Wraaaa! Make sure you click over in the menus before watching. Creepy crawlies come out of every corner and there’s good height detail in the scenes where the demon nun itself is present. There’s sparse but well done atmospheric music with throat chants and deep resonance throughout too. It’s not the most active of tracks and there’s not a lot of sustained rumbles, but when the action calls for it, it’s well done.

Special Features: 3.5/5

A new Horror Icon – Tracks the rise of the Demon Nun as a fan favorite from the Conjuring 2 to her own film

Gruesome Planet – shows the real life locations where The Nun was filmed

The Conjuring Chronology – shows how The Nun fits in with the Conjuring and Annabelle timeline, welcome for noobs like me

10 Minutes of deleted scenes, wisely excised.

All special features are on the Bluray only, in 1080p. This pack also includes a Digital Copy that I see can be viewed in Dolby Vision.

Overall: 3/5

As someone new to the Conjuring series, The Nun piqued my interest a bit, and I may have to grab the other 4 to catch up. It’s certainly a bit discombobulated plot wise but it reminds me a lot of a lot of classic horror films from the 50s and 60s, where they really pushed the European landmarks for their Gothic influence. Think Hammer Films or Vincent Price. More like that please! As a character I wasn’t too spooked by the Demon Nun herself, but I get that the religious figure turned bad has a serious duality that freaks some people out. I’m not sold on it being a new icon of modern horror, but it definitely is unique.

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Sam Posten

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5 Comments

  1. As someone new to the Conjuring series, The Nun piqued my interest a bit, and I may have to grab the other 4 to catch up.

    Haven't yet seen The Nun, but I love the other films in this franchise. They're a lot of fun if you like this sort of film, and they're very well made. Feel free to skip the first Annabelle film (it's OK, but probably the weakest of the franchise), but the sequel is very good as are the two Conjuring films.

    I believe Annabelle 3 is out next summer. There was some discussion about making a film of The Crooked Man (another character in Conjuring 2), but haven't heard much more about that idea.

  2. Thanks for the review, Sam. I saw this at the drive-in, and there were many times when you couldn't tell what the hell was going on because the picture was just so dark. Nice to read that the UHD disc is up the challenge.

    Sam Posten

    As someone new to the Conjuring series, The Nun piqued my interest a bit, and I may have to grab the other 4 to catch up.

    I would rank this one as the fourth worst in the franchise, ahead of only the first Annabelle. Both of the main Conjuring films and Annabelle: Creation are great atmospheric horror films. So the best is still ahead of you.

    I loved the pairing of Father Burke and Sister Irene as the Vatican's version of Mulder and Scully, and I would love follow-up adventures with them in this sub-franchise. I just hope they come up with better stories.

  3. Malcolm R

    There was some discussion about making a film of The Crooked Man (another character in Conjuring 2), but haven't heard much more about that idea.

    Yes that seems to be the case based on the reading I did in prepping for this review. I have no idea who the crooked man is at this point =)

    Adam Lenhardt

    I loved the pairing of Father Burke and Sister Irene as the Vatican's version of Mulder and Scully, and I would love follow-up adventures with them in this sub-franchise. I just hope they come up with better stories.

    I agree, and I guess there is some need to explain the relationship between Irene and the family from the conjuring too. Mother?

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