In THE NUN (In theaters on September 7th), when a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together, they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
We had a chance to interview director Corin Hardy and here are some of the highlights.
Note: Interview had been edited for clarity but, you can listen to the uncut version below.
Can you talk a little bit about that video that was too scary for YouTube and got pulled down?
Yeah! I gotta say I’ve been spoiled by the great marketing at Warner Brothers. I think they really enjoy the potential of wickedness. With the posters, the ads, and TV spots. You never know how films are gonna be marketed ultimately. With the YouTube thing, we put together something to shock people but, it shocked people that we’re not looking for THE NUN. Instead, people were looking into buying a T-shirt online and then got scared because The Nun jumps out. It got taken down for being too scary but that kind of thing ultimately helps the legend of the movie.
They put it up on Twitter.
We interviewed Bonnie Aarons, and that interview has hundreds of thousands of views. People love her. How lucky are you to be working with her?
It was magnificent. She’s a unique entity herself. I saw her in The Conjuring 2. Her persona on screen is very effective and disturbing. When I got the job to direct The Nun, I asked who played the Nun in the Conjuring 2. We have to get her! I was worried she would get booked. She was also in Mulholland Drive. David Lynch’s great movie. The moment when Bonnie comes out of the wall and my heart stopped. You need these iconic faces to inhabit the looks of the new icons of horror. The Nun, hopefully, is a new horror icon and Bonnie is the person that I wanted to embody her.
Listen to the entire interview below.