It’s day five of 60 Days of Halloween and today’s horror-themed activity involved a trip to the local cinema to check out The Nun – the fifth entry in The Conjuring Universe. Directed by Corin Hardy, The Nun is a spin-off of The Conjuring 2 and is a movie I’ve been waiting patiently for, ever since the first trailer dropped a couple of months ago.

I’m a big fan of The Conjuring Universe and I’m really enjoying seeing the way in which this cinematic universe is being developed and expanded.

Do I like every entry? No – the first Annabelle (2014) movie is a bit ‘meh’, but overall I feel like the world that’s being created is interesting enough to hold my attention, even if some of the material is less than killer.

So, where does The Nun fall into all this?

Well, I’m sad to report that The Nun is also a bit ‘meh’ – failing to stir up any real feeling. Promoted as ‘The darkest entry in The Conjuring Universe‘, The Nun sure is dark, but it’s not really scary or all that interesting.

Why doesn’t it work?

Mostly because the film feels rather bland. Hardy creates the right atmosphere (a fog-filled cemetery, shadowy catacombs, blood etc), but he fails to inject any real oomph into proceedings, resulting in a by-the-numbers affair that meanders along for 90 minutes without raising the tempo.

There are moments designed to make you jump, but they simply don’t do the trick. In fact, while the auditorium at my screening was packed, everyone was rather sedate throughout the whole thing – not something you expect from a movie that’s design to scare the heck out of people.

The saving grace of The Nun is the fact that it does create links back to other entries within The Conjuring Universe and as such it is good to see a few more dots being connected up. As mentioned above, I really do like the way in which this universe is building, so while The Nun isn’t great, it’s also not a complete disappointment.

Of course, despite my feelings on the movie, I’ve no doubt The Nun will do very well at the box office this weekend thanks to an excellent marketing campaign. Should you want to check The Nun out for yourself the film is on general release from today.

60 Days of Halloween continues tomorrow…