I know you’re going to throw rotten tomatoes at me for this one, but I was bored to tears while watching Corin Hardy’s The Nun. Any film that was released in the two years following that title were, well, extremely underwhelming and failed to capitalize on the return of the nunsploitation sub-genre of horror. I thought it was dead until a screener of Horse Creek Productions’ A Nun’s Curse came across my desk yesterday. I was mainly drawn to watching this upcoming Uncork’d Entertainment distributed flick because, to be honest, who doesn’t want to see scream queen Felissa Rose playing the role of a murderous Sister of Christ? Well, let me tell you, 2020 is off to a wild start because I absolutely loved A Nun’s Curse! It’s written and directed by Tommy Faircloth (Crinoline Head, Family Possessions) and stars Damian Maffei (Strangers: Prey at Night, Haunt), Erika Edwards, Kristi Ray, Gunner Willis and Sleepaway Camp‘s Felissa Rose as the sinister Sister Monday. Produced by Tommy Faircloth and Robert Zobel with co-producer Tracey De Leon, A Nun’s Curse had me hooked from the beautifully crafted opening credits to the ending sequence that left me feeling like I just watched something out of The Twilight Zone.
A Nun’s Curse follows a young woman named Ashley-Kae, who’s been haunted by nightmares of a creepy nun ever since she was a child. This has spurred her love of photography and grizzly sights, and eventually leads her, her sister and a small group of friends to a burned down church in the middle of no where. When Anthony (played by rising mainstream star Damian Maffei) loses the keys to their vehicle, the group is forced to seek shelter in an abandoned prison until they can regroup in the morning. However, the prison is far from abandoned; it holds the presence of Sister Monday, a nun who escaped the fire at the church only to work at the prison. Sister Monday stood accused of murdering prisoners during her tenure at the prison, and now Ashley-Kae, Anthony and their friends are about to find out that repenting is far from boring – it’s flat out terrifying! A Nun’s Curse is filled with bickering siblings, unhappy relationships and childhood terrors brought to life by the incredibly talented film-maker Tommy Faircloth. I love to see a good urban legend story executed this successfully.
Now, I can’t refer to A Nun’s Curse as an independent feature film because it’s just too good to receive that label. The audio is flawless and the picture quality is perfect for any movie theater and digital outlet. I couldn’t spot any production or editing errors during my viewing, and the casting choices were spot on. The chemistry was real and fun to watch. A Nun’s Curse is perhaps so successful because of the script and the atmosphere. So much effort was put into fleshing out the setting, the characters and the legend of the movie’s villain that I felt like I was being transported to that world. As a viewer, I want to leave my existence and go on a journey, whether it’s to a dark and disturbing place or some sort of romantic comedy where people sing in the streets. A Nun’s Curse did just that as I felt like I was a participant in the action, even though I was watching on my computer. Because of that, A Nun’s Curse is easily one of the most atmospheric horror films of all time. Big Hollywood needs to call Faircloth asap because he’ll breath life into the genre and make you FEEL scared in theaters. Let me not forget to mention, I’m thankful he didn’t shoot this flick as a found footage feature, which would have been the easy way out. It feels so much better as a narrative piece.
A Nun’s Curse finds cinematography and editing by Faircloth and special effects by Redhouse FX. Blasphemy and bloodshed, preached by an unholy terror that you can’t miss, never looked so good. Pure movie magic happened here with a small but excellent cast, a single location and a crew that worked together with precision and professionalism. If you’re a fan of genre tricks and go-to’s, I will say that A Nun’s Curse contains one good jump scare and a few extra deaths that I wasn’t expecting thanks to the use of flashbacks. I’m just about done raving about this flick because it’s obvious that I thoroughly enjoyed my time watching it. A Nun’s Curse is a cold adventure that chains you to your seat and makes you beg for mercy. Not only that, but it completely sets the pace for the nunsploitation sub-genre going into a new decade. I highly recommend you purchasing or streaming this title when it releases in June 2020 courtesy of Uncork’d Entertainment. I promise you won’t be disappointed. My faith in killer nuns has been restored, folks. Final Score: 10/10.