Corin Hardy Interview The Nun
Since its launch in 2013, The Conjuring, its sequel and series of spin-offs have brought in over one and a half billion dollars in box office receipts. It is a horror juggernaut like no other and its latest instalment arrives this week.
Taking centre stage this time is Valak, the terrifying nun from The Conjuring 2. In the movie, we find ourselves in 1952 at the Cârța Monastery in Romania, where a nun, a priest and a novitiate are tasked with investigating the mysterious death of a nun.
James Wan, the creator of the series, produces this time, with Corin Hardy, director of hit British horror The Hallow, taking charge.
With the film now arriving on DVD, we spoke to Hardy about making the film, stepping into The Conjuring franchise and progress on the long-awaited reboot of The Crow...
This was your first big studio film, did you enjoy the process of being part of that big machine?
“I was blown away by it. It’s also nerve-wracking when you have to hand over something you’ve made to a big company, but they’ve made a lot of these Conjuring movies and they made the experience of promoting it really fun. I was nervous, I knew what was expected of a movie of this size, but it absolutely delivered.”
The Conjuring and its various spin-offs have a lot of fans and a pretty flawless record at the box office, were you nervous about taking on a movie in that universe?
“I wasn’t apprehensive. As a horror fan, I’ve been so impressed by what James Wan has created. It was exciting to take it on and to take on something in a slightly different direction. To me, this was an old school gothic horror movie.”
What was it about the character of The Nun that attracted you to the project?
“She really stole the show in The Conjuring 2. All the people who saw that movie found her the most frightening thing in it, and, to me, she was the most iconic character in that movie, but a very small part of it. It was exciting to take her back in time and really dig into her origins. The script really hooked me, it had so many great characters.”
What was the shoot like? You actually got to go to Romania…
“It was authentic and I like that. The first movie I made, The Hallow, that’s an Irish folk tale and I got to shoot it in Ireland. This was set in Transylvania and we were able to make it there. There was so much history and the locations were amazing, all these old castles. It definitely adds to the movie’s atmosphere.”
Looking around castles in Romania sounds like a fun bit of location scouting…
“We were seven hours north of Bucharest into Transylvania, driving around all these forests. It was snowy when we were there and it looked incredible. That’s where Bram Stoker’s Dracula is set and I did feel like I got to make my own Dracula story. I loved it.”
Will this be your only Conjuring movie? Or is there a possibility of more?
“It’s a start. James and I talk all the time. We’re both fans of the same stuff. I wouldn’t want to say what’s next, but I’d love to continue to be a part of The Conjuring universe.”
You’ve been attached to direct a reboot of The Crow for the last couple of years. Is there any update on that?
“For the time being, it’s gone. It’s an ongoing story, I’m very passionate about it and I love it. It’s just a case of wait and see at the moment.”
You’re now working on Gangs Of London, which is the new project from Gareth Evans, who most people will know from The Raid, what can you tell us about it?
“It’s a thrilling, family-driven crime saga, which is explosive, action-packed and emotional. For me, it’s something different, it’s grounded and very cinematic, but no monsters.”
It’s your first TV project, are you excited about trying out a new medium?
“It’s been something that’s been on my radar for a long time now. TV is just a different form of cinema now. Gareth Evans comes from a love of Asian cinema and genre movies and we’ve got a lot in common. It’s going to be very exciting.”
The Nun is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray.