Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Ludovic Tattevin, Montse Pla, Brendan Price, Lola Marceli, Anita Briem
Director: Luis de la Madrid
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
While at boarding school, a group of girls suffered under the torment of a cruel and sadistic nun until the day they could no longer bear the abuse? and the nun was mysteriously never seen again. Years later, brutal and un... more »
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Jorge S. (jorgito2001) from WESLEY CHAPEL, FL
Reviewed on 10/9/2009...
Decent special effects & some good "scares" are some pros for this film...but what stops it from getting a higher rating from me are the massive amount of PLOT HOLES in this film. Granted, I can be VERY forgiving when it comes to my horror, but when 1 of the minor characters in the movie figures out the huge "twist" right out of the blue, it lost a bit of credibility to me.
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On second thought, don't get thee to a nunnery
Daniel Jolley | Shelby, North Carolina USA | 07/22/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Nun (or La Monja) seemed to have all kinds of potential. I mean, who doesn't want to see a movie about a nun who returns from the grave to kill the girls she hated so much when she was their teacher? Here, the Nun can only manifest in water, which even gives the film an odd little angle to call its own. Throw in some pretty good special effects and an effectively creepy atmosphere, and you start asking yourself why this film was denied a theatrical release. Then you watch the film, and the reason eventually becomes clear - The Nun is cursed with a relatively poor script and a really lame ending. I found this particularly disappointing because I had truly admired the scripts of Jaume Balaguero in Darkness and The Nameless.
The story really starts eighteen years in the past, where we watch Sister Ursula give her class of female students a tough lesson on the wages of sin. She's particularly unhappy with Mary, Cristy, Susana, Zoe, and Eulalia because they just aren't living up to the standards of the saints they supposedly share their names with. Back in the present, we are treated to a well-paced, atmospheric scene culminating in the death of Mary - the special effects of the water-borne Nun are really quite impressive here. Having witnessed the culmination of her mother's death, young Eva (Anita Briem) soon finds herself in the middle of an unbelievable mystery. In short order, after an old classmate of her mother's is similarly murdered, and she finds evidence that her mother was planning a trip back to Spain to visit her other boarding school friends, Eva insists on taking the trip herself and finding out why and how her mother truly died. Accompanied by her best friend Julia (Beven Blanco) and Julia's annoying boyfriend Joel (Alistair Freeland) - and picking up a seminary student named Gabriel (Manu Fullola) along the way - the group eventually find themselves at the long-abandoned site of the old boarding school. It is here, in the company of the two former school girls yet to die, that the script begins deviating south every so often.
While the CGI effects aren't always perfectly believable, the Nun's every appearance makes for a highlight of the film. She's pretty evil-looking when she wants to be, and she knows what she's doing when it comes to killing former Catholic school girls. The bodies don't always end up in one piece, and most of the death shots are framed quite well. Unfortunately, rather than just sit back and enjoy the ghost nun's handiwork, we're compelled to learn what really happened at the boarding school eighteen years ago as the characters slowly begin putting all of the pieces together. Prepare yourselves for several remarkable leaps of logic and an ending that is simply not tenable based on everything that has come before. You may also want to prepare yourself to hit rewind every so often - this is basically a Spanish production, and even though the characters all speak English, I sometimes struggled to understand the dialogue of several actresses' strong Spanish accents.
With its impressive cinematography, suitably dark atmosphere, and handful of satisfying deaths, I think The Nun is certainly worth watching. I was actually prepared to give the film four stars - despite its sizable plot holes - until the ending rolled around. It's never pretty when a decent film commits cinematic suicide - especially when it is we, the audience, who are forced to swallow the bitter pill of a poisonous conclusion."
A surprisingly captivating horror movie
Madelyn Pryor | Mesa, AZ United States | 06/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Nun is chilling film, with deliciously devilish special effects, a fast script, and well executed acting. In it, Eve, an innocent eighteen year old that just graduated high school comes home from a party to find her mother's throat cut, and she sees a nun at the scene of the crime. Of course no one believes her, until the funeral, when she meets a mysterious woman that knew her mother years ago. So begins a frightening tale of judgment, murder, and revenge.
The special effects were well done and engaging. Since the nun can only appear in water, and only appears to certain people, some of the images are quite interesting. The plot moves extremely fast. So many people are murdered it feels brutal, and leaves you wondering just who will be left at the end of the movie. The ending is surprising and leaves you with that `nice twist' feeling.
Over all, Nun is a slick horror movie that's far better than many that have made it to the big screen in the past few years (Fog, Cursed, and Darkness, for instance). So if you're looking for a fun and stylish horror movie, then check out Nun. You won't be disappointed.
More Straight To DVD Lions Gate Garbage
JBizzle | Under A Rock | 03/01/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I saw previews for this and actually had some what high hopes for this movie. Unfortunately once I actually watched the movie I was let down horribly. The story is about some catholic school girls killing one of their nuns as children and then the nun coming back later on in their adult hood to kill them one by one. There's more to it than that and there's a wannabe twist ending, but I won't spoil it for those who choose to still watch the movie. The acting is pretty bad, and the story just doesn't work. One thing I'll admit that this movie had going for it, was it's special affects. For a "B" Lions Gate direct to video title the CGI and even the gore affects were done very well, and thats why the movie gets 2 stars rather than 1. However, the story just doesn't pan out. There are so many scenes in this movie that the movie "Scream" was totally making fun of. Just scenes where anybody in there right mind would be doing something else had this actually happened in real life. For instance if you were alone in your home, and suddnely you noticed all you sinks, tubs, and toilets were filling up with water; wouldn't you like get the "F" outta there or at least turn some lights on? At the very least that means that someone else is in your home screwing with your plumbing, so call the police, don't walk towards in shock until the monster gets you. Haven't we as the movie going public learned anything over these past few years? Anyway, this movie might be worth a rental in the end maybe, just don't be expecting anything mind blowingly fantastic. The Nun is just more filler garbage that Lions Gate has tried to flush down there pot into your homes so they can wipe with your duckets. Viewers Beware!!!"