‘The Nun 2’ Director Compares The Film To All-Time Classics

by Thomas Tuna

The demon is in good company.

The Nun 2–the sequel to the 2018 The Conjuring franchise entry–will once again pit Sister Irene against the demon Valak, and director Michael Chavez recently had high praise for his supernatural villain.

During an interview with Total Film, Chavez called Valek “a classic movie monster. She reminds me of Pennywise, Dracula and Nosferatu. I see every classic monster when I look at her. I feel like she’s absolutely up there in that pantheon.”

The horror pic–written by Akela Cooper–stars Taissa Farmiga as Sister Irene, Bonnie Aarons as Valak and Storm Reid. The film hits theaters Sept. 8, and later that month, Aarons will be a special guest at Connecticut HorrorFest.

The Nun 2–produced by James Wan and Peter Safran–is set in 1956 France, where a “spreading evil” forces Sister Irene to “once again come face-to-face with the demonic force of Valak.”

Chavez said the new movie will focus more on Sister Irene’s story, while keeping Valak as a mysterious, dangerous figure. “With all monsters and demons, there needs to be an element of mystery,” he said. “The more you know, the more they’re humanized, and the less scary they get.”

The original The Nun–directed by Corin Hardy from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman–follows a priest and a novice looking forward to taking her final vows as they investigate the death of a young nun in 1952 Romania. And, during their work, they confront “a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on The Nun 2.


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