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Review: A NUN’S CURSE (2020)

Writer/director Tommy Faircloth has had an interesting career. He started out as a production assistant on Die Hard and The Program. From there he moved into doing his own films including Crinoline Head and Generation Ax. Now he gives us an entry in the evil nun genre, A Nun’s Curse. Does it deliver the scares? Or do we get none?

Four travellers, Ashley-Kae (Erika Edwards, Family Possessions), her sister, Gabby (Kristi Ray, Pieces Of Talent), her boyfriend Anthony (Damina Maffei, Haunt, The Strangers: Prey at Night) and Ashley’s friend from class Michael (Gunner Willis, Livescream) are on a road trip. They’ve stopped, so Ashley can get photos of a burned-out convent with a sinister history. Gabby and Anthony are bitching about the stopover. But that’s nothing compared to the bitching when they realize Anthony has lost the keys to the truck.

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Since it’s starting to rain they head for the nearest shelter, an abandoned jail. But that jail has a connection to the convent. Sister Monday (Felissa Rose, Rootwood, Massacre Academy) worked there and was reputed to have killed several prisoners before disappearing. And both the prison and Sister Monday have a connection to Ashley.

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After some atmospheric opening credits, A Nun’s Curse gets off to a rather rocky start. The bitching between the characters got on my nerves fast. And there’s a couple of glaring technical issues. The ruins of the convent look very different from the inside than they do from the outside. And for all the thunder and talk of rain, the sky is clear and sunny.

Thankfully, once they get to the prison things start to improve. Anthony at least keeps his mouth shut more, and the creepy shit starts to kick in. It’s a bit of a slow burn as the film establishes that the stories Ashley was told by her father (Jason Vail, Hunting Grounds, Gut) were more than mere ghost tales. But it is atmospheric and there’s some good jump scares.

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Unfortunately, that build-up and the ensuing flurry of spiritual bloodshed, including a cringe-inducing stabbing, is ruined. Ruined by an ending so cliched and so lame I can’t believe anyone would still use it. I was actually pissed off because A Nun’s Curse had actually overcome its weak start and had me caught up until that point. And then it blew it. Badly and unnecessarily.

A Nun’s Curse premieres on DVD and Digital May 12 from Uncork’d Entertainment. You can check for updates on the film’s Facebook page.

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