BEHIND YOU: Taissa Farmiga's Sister Irene is stalked by the supernatural in a scene from  The Nun .
BEHIND YOU: Taissa Farmiga's Sister Irene is stalked by the supernatural in a scene from The Nun . Warner Bros Pictures

AT THE MOVIES: Lack of plot is Nun's cardinal sin

HORROR fans have already learnt the backstory of killer doll Annabelle, and now another antagonist from The Conjuring saga has scared up their own movie.

But The Nun's satanic spin-off doesn't quite live up to the high standards of The Conjuring and its sequel.

After a nun hangs herself at an abbey in Romania, "miracle hunter” Father Burke and novitiate Sister Irene are sent to investigate.

Meeting "Frenchie” (who's actually French-Canadian), a young man who delivers supplies to the nuns, the pair learn that the abbey has a sinister reputation. And after being forced to stay the night, they quickly learn why.

Set in 1952, The Nun is chronologically the first in the Conjuring saga (which now includes five films), filling audiences in on the origins of the demonic nun Valak, previously seen in Conjuring 2.

But while The Conjuring and Conjuring 2 were based on the case files of real life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, the story of The Nun is completely made up - and that's not really a good thing.

While the film has some decent scary scenes and some very impressive locations - it was actually filmed in Romania - being well shot can't quite make up for its lack of plot.

Unfortunately, there really isn't much going on besides the main characters being terrorised by Valak and chased around by possessed nun corpses.

Some of the scares also veer into the (I assume) unintentionally comedic at times too.

Still, you can't fault the cast, especially young Taissa Farmiga who's great (if a little Anne of Green Gables-ey) as Sister Irene.

As a side note, Taissa looks very similar to her older sister Vera, who plays Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring, making her casting a bit strange as there doesn't seem to be any connection between their characters... yet, anyway.

There's another Annabelle film out next year and I'm guessing The Nun will probably get a sequel too... but I'd much prefer a third Conjuring film to more spin-offs.

Movie: The Nun

Rating: MA

Starring: Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet

Reviewer: Matthew Peace

Rating: Three stars