New promotional images for The Nun make the not-so-holy titular lady look creepy AF as she haunts some priest with a murky past. All she really does is stand there. Yet somehow it’s enough to spook anybody.
On Tuesday, Empire magazine revealed two exclusive images from The Nun that will be featured in the August 9 print issue. They both feature the Nun herself, who is actually a demon named Valak that first appeared in 2016’s The Conjuring 2. This is sort of that demon’s origin story.
One image features Valak reaching out through a doorway, having just opened the door to harass somebody. In the other, she lurks behind Demián Bichir’s Father Burke as she preys upon him in some fashion. He looks quite worried in the photo, as he should be.
Set in the same horror universe as The Conjuring and Annabelle films, The Nun takes place three years before Annabelle: Creation in 1952. It tells the story of Father Burke and Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) a novitiate nun to-be that’s on the cusp of taking her final vows. They’re sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a nun at Cârța Monastery in Romania.
Director Corin Hardy compared The Nun to his debut feature, The Hallow but a larger scope with less CGI.
“It’s a bigger movie in many ways than something like The Hallow, but it’s also a grounded movie in that we’re doing it all for real,” he told Empire. “There’s very little CGI: actually less CGI than even The Hallow. We’re concentrating more on complex choreography and mind-trickery.”
That choreography and mind-trickery were on display in the debut trailer back in June, and we’re bound to see more when the film is released in just a few more weeks.
The Nun will be released in theaters on September 7.