The huge success of 2013’s horror hit The Conjuring led to not just a sequel, but an entire expanded universe of connected scary movies. So far we’ve had The Conjuring 2 and two films focusing on scary doll Annabelle, and they will soon be joined by The Nun. The movie arrives in September, and a first trailer has been released.
The Nun is a prequel to all the Conjuring universe movies so far and will explore the origins of The Conjuring 2‘s demonic nun Valek. It’s set in 1952 and follows a priest and his assistant as they investigate the suicide of a young woman in a Romanian abbey. Inevitably lots of scary things happen, and if this first look at the movie is anything to go by, it’s going to be a terrifying ride. Check it out below.
The Nun is directed by Corin Hardy, who previously helmed the acclaimed 2015 horror movie The Hallow, and it stars Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight), Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), Bonnie Aarons (The Conjuring), and Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones). Conjuring director James Wan is the movie’s co-writer, along with Gary Dauberman, who also wrote Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation. It hits theaters on September 7.
In a recent interview Entertainment Weekly, Wan spoke about how the shared Conjuring universe came about. “When we were starting out, when we made the first Conjuring, we always kind of quietly, jokingly, among ourselves, felt that the world of the Warrens, and all the interesting artifacts they have in their haunted room, could have their own stories and therefore spawn movies,” he said.
“We had hopes and aspirations but we never thought in our wildest dreams that we could actually go on and do it. If I could pull off an Avengers of the Conjuring universe, I would love for that to happen. We’ll see. It could be fun.”
In related news, it was recently reported that what would have been Hardy’s next movie, a reboot of the ’90s classic The Crow, is no longer happening. The film was weeks away from the start of production, but creative and contractual disagreements between the movie’s production company and its distributor led to the departure of both Hardy and star Jason Momoa.