Welcome, one and all, to another trailer reaction post! Today, I’m looking at the upcoming horror title, The Nun. First things first, here’s the trailer itself:
So, some background. The Nun is the fifth film in The Conjuring Universe. So far, that series has included The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, Annabelle, and Annabelle: Creation. After The Nun, we should be getting a third Annabelle film, a third Conjuring film, and The Crooked Man. My own thoughts on the series so far is that I’ve enjoyed the previous four films. I like that the main ones follow cases that Ed and Lorraine Warren worked on in real life (though, depending who you talk to, that may be debatable in respect of The Conjuring 2), and they’ve all done a decent job of providing some fun and some scares for me. I would have personally rather that they’d adapted the famous case of Annabelle and the nursing students in the doll end of the franchise, but that’s fine. The Nun, meanwhile, is a spin-off of The Conjuring 2, and tells the story of the demonic nun that appears in said film.
While The Conjuring 2 was a fair bit more overblown than any of the reports of The Enfield Haunting, I did like the character of The Nun. So, when this prequel was announced, I was really excited. The trailer though has left me in two minds.
It does a really good job of telling us what the film is about, giving us a brief run down of the story and the setting. From what we’re shown, I can tell that I’ll like the way it’s been shot. The look-away-look-back-something’s-there stuff is something that I’m a fan of. The jump scare in the trailer got me on the first viewing. In many ways, ti did everything right. Yet I’m still mixed.
The problem is, part of me wanted to see more examples of what will make the film creepy. A few more of the things that make you wonder if you saw what you think you did, or another jumpy clip, maybe. At the same time though, films like this thrive on you not knowing what’s coming. Giving us too much to examine would leave viewers cold when they see it, or at the very least leave them with a fair sense of what to look out for. The trailer is, in essence, what it needs to be, just not what I wanted it to be.
I still intend to check this film out, but what about yourselves? Are you a fan of the series? What you think of the trailer? Let me know in the comments below.