The Nun hit theaters nationwide last Friday and the buzz surrounding the latest spinoff in The Conjuring universe is still white hot. Fans have already started theorizing about how the demon Valak and the character Sister Irene (played by Taissa Farmiga) tie-in to the original Conjuring movies; all this as plans for another Annabelle movie and The Conjuring 3 move forward in pre-production.
First introduced in The Conjuring 2, Valak (played by Bonnie Aarons) was an eleventh-hour addition to the script. The character nonetheless proved a consummate scene-stealer and even had a small cameo in 2017’s Annabelle: Creation. Since The Conjuring franchise is loosely based on the real-life experiences of demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, it’s worth asking: Is Valak real?
This question is explored and answered in the short video below produced by our friends at WatchMojo. In a nutshell, Valak is real, but he’s nothing like what’s portrayed in The Nun. That’s right, he! Though a well-documented sub-deity, Valak is described as a cherublike lad riding a double-headed dragon. Indeed, the real Valak might have looked more at home in a Harry Potter movie! Thankfully, Conjuring mastermind James Wan took the demon’s roots and turned them into something uniquely terrifying.
Give the video a spin below, followed by the synopsis and trailer for The Nun.
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.