I am a massive fan of James Wan’s Conjuring Universe so I was very excited for The Nun II. However, with that being said, if I were ranking The Conjuring Universe movies, The Nun would be at the bottom of my list. I liked The Nun, but it is my least favorite of all the Conjuring movies so far. However, The Nun II from the trailers looked pretty fun so I was pumped to check it out.
How to Download The Nun II
The film was released on September 8, 2023. You can expect to be able to download or stream the film from a digital platform about two months after its release. Since it is a Warner film, you should first check Max and HBO Max. Click on the Download button at the end of this review.
The Movie Review
Taking over directing duties for The Nun II is Michael Chaves and this would be his third movie in The Conjuring Universe. Taissa Farmiga returns as Sister Irene as does Jonas Bloquet from the first Nun movie. I am a big fan of Taissa Farmiga as she is awesome in American Horror Story.
The Nun II Key Facts
|Movie Title||The Nun II|
|Release Date||September 8, 2023|
|Download and Streaming||Expected availability for download/streaming about two months after its release. Check Max and HBO Max for Warner film releases.|
|Main Cast||Taissa Farmiga (Sister Irene), Jonas Bloquet (returning from the first Nun movie), Storm Reid (Debra)|
|Chronology||The Nun II takes place after the first movie, with Sister Irene attempting to move on after thinking the demon was defeated.|
|The Demon’s Return||Word spreads that the demon was not defeated and is on a killing spree across Europe. Sister Irene is tasked with investigating as she has experience with this demon and something “special” about her that may help.|
|A Haunting Investigation||Sister Irene and Debera investigate the demon’s activities, leading them to a boarding school in France where they discover the demon’s possession of Maurice and its quest for a powerful artifact.|
|The Thrilling Third Act||The Nun II starts a bit slow but delivers an exciting third act, with memorable scenes that had viewers jumping out of their seats.|
|Expanding The Conjuring Universe||The Nun II contributes to the expansion of The Conjuring Universe, delving deeper into the world of Ed and Lorraine Warren as they confront demons. The ending sets the stage for more developments in future films.|
|A Surprising Turn of Pace||While the film initially seemed slow-paced, The Nun II picks up speed, providing a thrilling and relentless experience. A mid-credits scene hints at further developments in The Conjuring Universe.|
The Nun II takes place after the first movie, Thinking that the demon was defeated, Sister Irene lives her life and is just trying to move on. She has befriended a young nun from the USA, Debra, who is played by Storm Reid. I like the pairing of Irene and Debra, they have great chemistry together.
The Demon’s Return
Word gets out that the demon was not defeated and it has been making its way across Europe killing as it goes. It is clear that the demon is looking for something and after the last killing of a Father, Sister Irene is sent to investigate. Sister Irene is asked by the Cardinal to go and find out what is going on as she is the only one to have dealt with this demon before and she has something “special” about her which may help.
A Haunting Investigation
Sister Irene and a stowaway Debera investigate what is going on. They are brought to a boarding school in France. Sister Irene is shocked to discover that Maurice is working here and she realizes that Maurice is possessed by the demon and the demon is using him to kill and move through Europe so that it can get its hands on some awesome powerful artifact.
The Thrilling Third Act
The Nun II did start off a little slow, but the third act is awesome. I would say that the whole second half of the movie actually is some of the best stuff that Michael Chaves has done in The Conjuring Universe. My wife with whom I watched the movie jumped out of her seat on two different occasions which I got a kick out of…. And one of the scenes also made me jump too.
Expanding The Conjuring Universe
One thing that The Nun II does very well is flesh out The Conjuring Universe a bit more. I love this stuff and the whole thing with Ed and Loraine Warren fighting demons is great stuff. Even with that being said, the ending of The Nun II is quite a few years away from The Conjuring 2 so I think we have at least one more movie to show what the demon was up to before encountering The Warrens in The Conjuring 2.
A Surprising Turn of Pace
I will admit that in the first ten minutes, I was a bit worried and thought that it was going to be another slow-paced thing like the original Nun. I was wrong, The Nun II does start a little slow, but once it gets going, it never takes its foot off the pedal. Plus, there is a cool mid-credits scene here that sets up even more stuff to come in The Conjuring Universe.
- I thought this was much more fun and exciting than the first Nun
- It adds more depth to the demon Valek
- There are some awesome jump scares in this movie
- I liked the pacing of the movie
- Those opening 10 minutes are a tad on the slow side
- You do have to be into The Conjuring Universe to appreciate this