The Nun is back in the Conjuring-verse. With the Annabelle movies, The Nun II is the ninth movie of the franchise (If we consider The Curse of La Llorona). The first one had mixed reviews, but it was a success at the box-office so it was enough to produce a sequel.
In France in 1956 Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) and Maurice (Jonas Bloquet) continue their life in a Catholic school. But evil seems to have followed them and Maurice begins to behave strangely. A priest is killed and the Church asks Irene to investigate the demon Valak who seems to be back. With the help of Sister Debra, she will have to learn more about the demon in order to send it back in Hell where it belongs.
Michael Chaves, the director is not to new in the Conjuring franchise. He began his career in the feature film with The Curse of La Llorona then with The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do it. So the movie was in good hands. The atmosphere is creepy and really dark so the fans will be delighted. The old architectures are pretty spectacular with those old churches. It really adds another layer to the atmosphere. The main cast is back and they all doing a good job. The scenario explores a little more these characters who survived the first story and we appreciate them more.
The publicity promised the most horrifying film of the year. So we suspected that it would be full of jump scares. Some people like it, but the formula is starting to run out of steam. We rely too much on the atmosphere, but not enough on the content and it results a film not scary and very predictable. The story is still a little more interesting than the first opus but the Davinci Code investigation is going a bit in circles. There are some bloody scenes, not really gore, but it is still rare in the Conjuring movies. It is entertainment, but nothing more. If you are a fan of The Conjuring and The Nun, and you can’t get enough, go see the sequel and you will have some fun.