By BOB PALMER
Attention screamaholics: Your next fix is available on the big screen.
“The Nun” gives you all the gore and jolts you can possibly desire along with campy comedy and buttered popcorn.
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.
The glib rollercoaster approach by director Corin Hardy does result in some skillfully executed scare scenes; the way Hardy films ghosts circling their human targets in particular, appearing and disappearing back into the shadows at will, is fiendishly slippery.
The Nun’s violence is the most graphic of all the movies in the “Conjuring” franchise so far, there’s nothing in this film that’s nearly as suspenseful as the horror sequences in the original, or even in its sequel.
It doesn’t help that The Nun herself, with her glowing yellow eyes, becomes sillier the longer you look at her, and we get some nice long looks.
If you lose your breath during this movie, it’ll probably be from laughter. But if you adjust your expectations and go in expecting something loud, lurid, and frequently utterly ridiculous, it’s good for an adrenaline rush all the same.
In one of the better handled plot twists, the abbey turns out to be humanity’s last line of defense against an ancient evil conjured by the castle’s original resident, a Vlad the Impaler-esque nobleman with a passion for black magic. Recently, the demon has begun to stir, awakened from centuries of slumber by the bombs of WWII.
Whether you are looking for the latest scream fix or into a “Rocky Mountain Picture Show” romp, “The Nun” could be the jolt you seek this weekend.
“The Nun” is rated R. It has a run time of 1 hour and 39 minutes. For showtimes see the ad on this page or online at Jimplecute1848.com.
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