New Poster For The Nun Rips Off The Exorcist

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Given the classic status of William Friedkin’s The Exorcist, you’d think Warner and New Line would be looking to distance The Nun from that kind of pressure, but as you’ll see in the poster below, the fifth installment into The Conjuring universe is practically being invited into MacNeil manor.

Scheduled for a September 7th release later this year, The Nun likely has the disciple of horror in your life chomping at the bit, and rightfully so. The Conjuring 2 spinoff, directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow), will finally see Valak the demon steer its own full-length feature, and if the marketing’s anything to go by, we should indeed start “praying for forgiveness.”

However, before we get down on bended knee to the Defiler, we’ve just received unarguably the best piece of advertisement for The Nun yet, in the form of an intimidating new poster – which you can check out below:

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to unearth the similarity between this tidbit of promotional art and the aforementioned Exorcist. Obviously, the most glaring parallel between The Nun one-sheet and Bill Gold’s iconic image is Father Lankester Merrin (Max von Sydow) and Father Burke (Demián Bichir). Both can be seen toting an all black briefcase – albeit in opposite hands – and some sort of fedora.

As stated above, look for The Nun – which will see Bonnie Aarons reprise her role as the titular abbess – to haunt your local multiplex on September 7th. The only question that remains, is, will it live up to the comparison we mentioned above, or is this all a marketing ploy and the film will merely besmirch the good name of The Exorcist? Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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