THE NUN

Empire (UK) - - CINEMA - KN

OUT NOW / CERT 15 / 96 MINS

DI­REC­TOR Corin Hardy CAST Demiám Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bio­quet, Bon­nie Aarons

THE FIFTH EN­TRY in a fran­chise rooted in the Con­jur­ing films. With each it­er­a­tion, the claim of a fac­tual ba­sis gets thin­ner, and this is the most ob­vi­ously made-up yet. An ex­or­cist, Fa­ther Burke (Bichir), and trainee nun, Irene (Farmiga), are sent to a re­mote Ro­ma­nian con­vent, which they soon come to be­lieve is haunted by a de­mon. A para­dox of fran­chise hor­ror is that, af­ter a while, it be­comes com­fort­ingly, even re­as­sur­ingly fa­mil­iar; this is sweetly scary, and not re­motely dis­turb­ing. But di­rec­tor Corin Hardy de­liv­ers eerie images and nerve-scrap­ing sound ef­fects. Lapsed Catholics, in par­tic­u­lar, will have nun night­mares af­ter this.

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