A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
Ari Aster wanted to go for scares that were emotionally justified, rather than solely leaning on traditional horror "jump scares." See more »
In the parking lot when Annie meets Joanie for the first time, during their interaction, the front passenger-side head rest is curiously missing from her Volvo. When she is next shown driving, after leaving her first seance at Joanie's, she hears her deceased daughter's mouth click as if from the back of the car, we see the front passenger-side headrest is back in place. See more »
I rank this as the best horror movie I've seen. It's such a delicately made movie, where psychological terror is used in a smart manner. It's not jump scares, but rather a heavy uneasy feeling, that terrifies you for two straight hours. Everyone in the cinema sat on the edge of their seats every second - you rarely felt safe, as you can during daytime in other, sloppy horror flicks.
The acting is superb, especially Toni Collette, who performs her lifetime role as a mother coping with tragic loss. If you want to be scared out of your wits, while watching an elegant movie with beautiful cinematography, this one's for you.
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