Warner Bros. released the first trailer for upcoming horror movie The Nun, a spinoff in The Conjuring universe starring Oscar-nominee Demián Bichir and American Horror Story‘s Taissa Farmiga. The latest spinoff is directed by Corin Hardy, who helmed the 2015 horror film The Hallow, and just recently backed out of The Crow reboot with Jason Mamoa. The teaser shows off just enough of his signature to warrant a closer look, so we’ll take a peek at 13 of the creepiest shots in the first trailer for The Nun.
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.
Check out the trailer for yourself below:
The teaser begins with our first re-introduction to the demon nun, Valak, from The Conjuring 2. An inherently creepy looking character, Valak is again played by Bonnie Aarons, who is reprising her role from the James Wan-directed sequel.
The trailer shows off a number of characters for the first time, including Taissa Farmiga’s Sister Irene (a novitiate: nun in training), as well as a better look at Bichir’s Father Burke, who Vatican officials have sent to investigate the suicide of the young nun in Romania. One spine-tingling moment early on in the trailer is when Burke translates the wood carving, reading: “God ends here.” From there the teaser really turns it up, delivering a great jump scare before the title card pops up.
Check out the 12 creepiest shots from the latest trailer, and we break down that pivotal 13th shot right after.
The filmmaker also said that he went out of his way to use as many practical effects as possible, a great sign for those who miss that tangible, lived-in feeling that so many great horror films used to showcase. Hardy spoke a little about that effort:
“I’ve come from a love of practical…It’s not just nostalgic, it’s things being real and tangible, and you can light them in front of the camera if they’re there, you can touch them, people can see them, you can make them wet and they look great. All of that stuff you can do in CG but it takes such a lot of work to do it to the right level…I always want to say, ‘Let’s do everything as much as we possibly can for real, including in-camera stunts, effects, and then use the CGI to be beautiful, original, invisible tool.’”
Judging by the trailer’s main showcase, the ending scare in the catacombs, it looks like there is very little going on CG-wise (if nothing at all). We simply get a Farmiga’s Sister Irene, a shrouded nun, and the stinger… Another nun that strikes at her when the Sister, and audience’s, guard is down.
The rest of the cast is rounded out by Jonas Bloquet (Elle) as local villager Frenchie, Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones) as the abbey’s Sister Victoria, Ingrid Bisu (Toni Erdmann) as Sister Oana, and Bonnie Aarons, reprising her Conjuring 2 role as the titular Nun, Valak.
The Nun is the second spinoff franchise to stem from the original Conjuring films, following the Annabelle series. Annabelle was a doll that appeared in the opening scenes of the first Conjuring movie in 2013, while the horrifying Nun was an entity that plagued Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring 2. Universal Pictures and franchise creator James Wan are also reportedly looking to create a spinoff film based on the Crooked Man, who appeared in The Conjuring 2 as well.
Check out the official poster for the film as well:
The Nun is produced by James Wan and by Peter Safran, who has produced all the films in The Conjuring franchise and is set for release on September 7.
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