The scare sequences in “The Nun II” feel fresh and are not derivative of the earlier films, says producer

What is it about nuns that works so well in horror movies, such as “The Nun” and its upcoming sequel?

“I think that it’s the idea of the ultimate evil possessing the vessel for the ultimate good,” says Peter Safran, producer for “The Nun II.” “I think nuns are supposed to be unabashedly good in the service of goodness, and the most evil thing is mocking that goodness by taking her form. I think that’s what it is that people really respond to.

“And let’s be honest, a lot of people are very scared of nuns in general, but I think from a supernatural thriller perspective, the idea of that evil embedded in what should be the epitome of good is just so sacrilegious and compelling.”

Directed by Michael Chaves, “The Nun II” finds Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) once again coming face-to-face with Valak, the demon nun, this time in France, where a priest has recently been murdered.

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“I think Sister Irene is very reluctant to come back into this realm because of how close she had come to death in her first encounter with Valak,” says Safran. “But I think she realizes that because she’s the only one who’s faced Valak and survived, and she has vanquished the demon in battle at least once – I think she realizes that for the sake of good, she must do it. She was a novitiate in the first movie, but she is a nun now, and it is her duty to fight on the side of good. I think she realizes that her duty overcomes the natural fear that pervades her as a result of knowing she’s going to have to go back into battle against this epitome of ultimate evil.”

Another familiar face returning in the sequel is Frenchie, now called by his name Maurice. “Because Maurice [played by Jonas Bloquet] is based on a real character – and we introduced him in the original ‘Conjuring’ with Ed and Lorraine Warren [played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga] in that old footage – we loved the idea of the Maurice story and knew that we wanted to continue it well before it ever gets to the time in the late ’60s/early ’70s,” says Safran. “But what happens in the interim? Here he was in Romania, he survived the demon, and now what happens? We loved the idea of following him.”

Though some characters may be familiarcult must get ready for new and more shocking dread sequences. “ It’s important that every movie that we make be a good successor to ‘ The Conjuring ’ nameso we wanted to make sure that we had a really original story that didn’t feel secondary, ” Safran shares. “ We love the idea of switching it up, and it’s further of an disquisition this timealso the stories coincide in the third act for the biginstigative homestretch. We wanted to make sure that the dread sequences felt fresh and not secondary of the earlier flicks it was just about making sure that we delivered on every front – true stakesgreat charactersunique scares – and just an intensity that makes it live up to ‘ The Conjuring ’ name. I suppose that( director) Michael Chaves brought it all together and that cult are really going to enjoy ‘ The Nun II. ’”

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