A Nun’s Curse (2020) Movie Review

Director: Tommy Faircloth

Writer: Tommy Faircloth (Screenplay)

Starring: Felissa Rose, Damian Maffei, Gunner Willis, Kristi Ray, Jason Vail, Michael James Day, Erika Edwards

Plot: A group of travelers are forced to seek shelter inside an abandoned jail where a notorious nun named Sister Monday had once been assigned and was suspected of murdering prisoners.

Runtime: 1 Hour 13 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun Late Night Horror

Story: A Nun’s Curse starts as four friends, Ashley-Kae (Edwards), Gabby (Ray), Anthony (Maffei) and Michael (Willis) are looking to go on a weekend away, with Ashley looking to investigate the locations of the Sister Monday (Rose) mystery, which has haunted her for years.

The deeper Ashley-Kae and her friends head into an abandoned jail, she starts to witness just what Sister Monday used to do to the prisoners, the ones she is meant to have murdered, only now is she still haunting the walls looking for new victims.

Thoughts on A Nun’s Curse

Characters – Ashley-Kae is a young woman that has been haunted by the mystery about a demonic sister that has been haunting her for years, she is on the journey with her sister in search for answers, going through historical sites along the way. Sister Monday is the nun that murdered prisoners and has been used to create fear in Ashley-Kae in her younger years, we are left wondering if she is still haunting the building. Gabby is the sister of Ashley-Kae who would rather be left to party, but knows this trip is part of the deal, she does start to get more inpatient along the way though. Anthony is the boyfriend of Gabby who doesn’t have any patience she has, he just wants to have sex and party along the way.

PerformancesFelissa Rose as the evil nun works very well bring the star power to the role with ease, Erika Edwards as the leading lady being haunted does stand out of the group of friends. The rest of the cast does well without needing to do too much in the film.

StoryThe story here follows four friends who go on a weekend away with a detour to investigate an abandoned location which is meant to be discovering the truth about a mysterious murderous nun. The story does follow the traditions of them going into a location, becoming separated and slowly going through horror moments, while diving into the history of the location. The story might well follow a routine, only it does end up with one of the weaker final acts in recent horrors, even if it does do something smart beforehand.

HorrorThe horror in this film does work well, it is basic scares, with a lot of action going on in the background and having moments of gore when you least expect it.

SettingsThe film uses the abandoned location of the jail which does give us the typical locations for haunted horrors, we find them stranded and being haunted through the movie.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film do add some moments of horror, though we do get a moment that doesn’t look good for the most part.

Scene of the Movie – The Sister’s true action.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The final act.

Final Thoughts This is a horror that is one you can enjoy one evening, it might do most things you expect, even if it does give us a cop out in the final act.

Overall: Late night horror 101.

ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – H – The Host (2006) Movie Review

Director: Bong Joon Ho

Writer: Bong Joon Ho, Won-Jun Ha, Chul-hyun Baek (Screenplay)

Starring: Kang-ho Song, Hee-Bong Byun, Hae-il Park, Doona Bae, Ko Asung, Dal-su Oh, Jae-eung Lee

Plot: A monster emerges from Seoul’s Han River and begins attacking people. One victim’s loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.

Tagline – It is Lurking Behind You

Runtime: 2 Hours

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Excellent Creature Feature

Story: The Host starts as we meet the family Hie-bong (Byun) who runs a snack hut with his immature son Gang-Doo (Song) with his granddaughter Hyun-seo (Asung) staying with them, watching Nam-Joo (Bae) perform in competitive archery. That day, a busy day on the Han River, a monster appears and starts attacking people, causing chaos and taking Hyun-seo with it to the depths.

Believing Hyun-seo to be dead, the family is joined by Nam-il (Park) as they go through the mourning process as the government look to contain the problem, only for it to become clear that Hyun-seo is still alive calling her father, which sees the family look to escape the quarantine to save their youngest member.

Thoughts on The Host

Characters – Gang-Doo is the immature father that often sleeps on the job for the family business, he is on sight when the first attack happens, losing grip of his daughter moments before the creature takes her. He does have a tragic story for why he is how he is, he will do anything to try and save his daughter, even if that means he must suffer more heartache. Hie-bong is the father of the family, he runs the business, while keeping Gang-Doo in a safe place. He leads the planned rescue of his granddaughter. Nam-il is the alcoholic member of the family who tries to put the blame on Gang-Doo and is willing to help find his niece. Nam-Joo is the sporting member of the family, she just misses out on a gold medal and will use her talent to fight back. Hyun-seo is the daughter that gets taken, thought to be dead, she survives in the lair of the creature, trying to find a way to communicate with the outside world.

PerformancesKang-ho Song is fantastic as the helpless father doing everything he can to get to his daughter, while the rest of the cast get their strong moments, he shines above everybody else with ease through the film.

StoryThe story follows a monster attack near the Han River in Seoul, where the youngest member of a family is taken, forcing the rest to escape the quarantine they were placed in, in an attempt to save her. We do get a very clear message about pollution with this film, which is important to know about going in, you do learn this from the opening scene, as this creates the creature. We focus mostly on how family will come together to try and save one another, which shows in the emotional arcs the characters must go through during the film and we do get to see how a city can become panicked by what is happening with a sudden creature attack and potential virus outbreak.

Action/HorrorThe action in the film follows the creature attack, which is one of the most intense scenes of the film, with the rest of the action feeling a lot tamer, but still effective, while the horror is the true creature feature, with a terrifying creature that is mutated.

SettingsThe film is set in Seoul showing how the effects of pollution could create unknown mutations, with the sewers making excellent lair for the creature.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film work well, the final showdown might look the weakest, but the rest shows just how horrific the situation would be.

Scene of the Movie – The creatures first attack.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The final battle, while it works for the fight, the effects do seem to have dated.

Final Thoughts This is an excellent creature feature that can be enjoyed by everyone, it brings a creature that comes from human’s own carelessness, which only shows the reality of pollution.

Overall: Creature Feature Galore.