“I feel the presence of a nun in this church…”
—Lorraine Warren, psychic investigator/demonologist, speaking to a group of psychic researchers and photographers (including husband Ed Warren) at Borley Rectory in England, during a trip there in the 1970s; it is noted that Lorraine uttered the remark immediately upon entering the building at 12:00 A.M.
In The Nun, the latest movie in the ever-expanding Conjuring universe, a cowl-clad demon with piercing yellow eyes and dagger-like teeth haunts the cloisters of a Romanian abbey and terrorizes local clergy. The film is a prequel to The Conjuring, which detailed the real case files of noted demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. Those case files have also inspired film classics such as The Conjuring 2, Anabelle, Annabelle: Creation, and the 1979 horror classic The Amityville Horror.
So how much of the story about The Nun is based on actual events?
The Warren’s son-in-law, Tony Spera, said that The Nun’s ecclesiastical phantom bears resemblance to a “real” spectral nun the Warrens encountered during a 1970s trip to the much-haunted Borley Rectory in southern England.
Below: Rare color photographs of Borley Rectory taken in 1929 (left) and 1943 after the fire (right) by England’s own famous (and infamous) ghost hunter Harry Price (Source: www.harrypricewebsite.co.uk/Borley)
“I WANT A FOREST IN MY ROOM I WANT TO LIVE IN A COLD COUNTRY WITH RAIN AND FOG AND WITH NO ONE ON THE STREETS I WANT TO GO TO THE LIBRARY AND PICK UP SOME ANCIENT WITCHCRAFT BOOKS AND I WANT TO GO HOME TO MY FOREST ROOM AND THEN GO EXPLORING INTO THE OTHER FOREST NEXT TO MY HOUSE AND PICK UP SOME MUSHROOMS AND PLANTS AND ROCKS AND I WANT TO TOUCH A TOAD IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR?”