‘Conjuring’ up the scares

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Sep 2018 10:47:52

When a young nun (Taissa Farmiga) 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 (Bonnie Aarons) that first terrorised audiences in The Conjuring 2, as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned. In conversation with The Nun’s Director Corin Hardy... 

How does The Nun fit into Conjuring universe?
It was important to me to honor what has been set up in the Conjuring universe by James Wan, and I was thrilled to do so, but telling you about some of those connections would reveal a little too much, and I want to preserve the surprises! At the same time, I wanted to give audiences something new, something a little different from what they might expect. In this film, we follow an exorcist, a novitiate nun in training and a French-Canadian guide on a journey that takes them to an abbey in the mountains of Romania, to investigate the apparent suicide of a nun. I wanted to transport the audience along with these investigators as they embark on their mysterious mission and inject it with a bit more action and adventure. As such it’s a different type of movie compared to what has come before...

James Wan has said that he looks to each director to bring his or her unique vision to these films. When you read the script, what did you want to bring to The Nun?

I loved that The Nun is set in 1952 and in a castle in Romania – making the story feel both new and ancient. I wanted to take audiences on an unholy, terrifying journey. It gave me a real opportunity to incorporate classic horror imagery this time around. Using castles, convents, cemeteries, hanging fog, gaslight, candlelight, stained glass and gothic horror, we created a rich, contrasting and immersive cinematic atmosphere.

It harks back to a lot of movies that I grew up loving, like Dracula, the old gothic Hammer movies, the Italian films of Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci, Friedkin’s The Exorcist and Raimi’s Evil Dead. The adventure aspect of The Nun even has a hint of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, where the characters journey to a place that’s potentially no longer holy and have to uncover the mystery that lurks inside it. So, The Nun contains all the elements I relish as a storyteller.You mention the film’s adventure aspects, but it must have been adventure for you and the production to film in Romania.

Absolutely! It was a wonderful opportunity to actually make a movie in Transylvania, which was home to the classic Dracula. We started production in Bucharest, where we had our studio and built certain sets. But we also traveled to far-reaching locations up in the Transylvanian mountains, to Corvin Castle, Sighisoara, and rural Romanian villages. It was as authentic as I could hope for. I was able to tick a lot of boxes off my list, after working in and around ancient crumbling convents, an ice house and a castle.
The Nun which is slated to release on of September 7, in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu in India.