The Bad Nun – UK, 2018

‘Time to repent’

The Bad Nun – formerly The Watcher – is a 2018 British horror feature film written and directed by Scott Jeffrey (writer of The House on Elm LakeUnhinged; Fox Trap; et al). The Proportion Productions movie stars Becca Hirani, Lucy Chappell, Tiffany-Ellen Robinson and Cassandra French.

Aesha (Becca Hirani) goes to stay at an isolated former convent turned bed and breakfast in Kent for some much needed relaxation.

Aesha is visited by a nun (Cassandra French) at the door who progressively begins to show her true colours as the night unfolds. As the nun continues to bother Aesha, the latter begins to question her surroundings…


” …scenes of Aesha talking through the front door are the tense, uncomfortable heart of the film. The distinctly wobbly story (and some frustrating continuity errors) are ameliorated by good photography and sound and Lee Olivier-Hall’s tense score.” MJ Simpson, British Horror Revival

“Scary films do not always have to be over the top in order to instill fear in the viewer. Often times, the subtlest ideas can chill to the bone. Religion can be scary. Being alone and cut off from the world has the potential to be frightening. It is the carefully laid depth The Bad Nun possesses that makes it an impactful film.” Sarah Salvaggio, Cryptic Rock

” …The Bad Nun aesthetically looks and plays a lot like one of those quickie shot-on-digital Robert the Doll movies. By that I mean it is distinctly British, populated by a small number of unknown actors, predominantly confined to one drab location, and laboriously drawn out to a 90-minute length its slim story doesn’t come close to needing.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

“A film built heavily on suspense, it does so well up until the final 20-odd minutes where it slips into a tired and generic slasher style of horror. The reveal of the nun is pretty good but after that it’s all cat and mouse stuff that we’ve seen time and time again. It’s the only real flaw with what is a pretty good horror film.” Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life

” …once things get cooking, the twist may be easy to guess for some… but maybe that’s just me; kind of a subjective one that is. If you are game for a solid slasher rather than a terror tale of the supernatural, then I say give The Bad Nun a go; it has a memorable villain, solid acting, and plenty of tension!” Horror Fuel

Cast and characters:

  • Becca Hirani … Aesha Wadia
  • Lucy Chappell … Lea – Mayhem
  • Patsy Prince … Saanvi
  • Chris Kaye … Luke ‘Mr Big’
  • Tiffany-Ellen Robinson … Imogen – The Test; Mummy Reborn; Curse of the Scarecrow;
  • Cassandra French … Sister Cindy Lamb
  • Georgia Wood … Police Operator
  • Thomas Mailand … Dan
  • Bryson Dekker … Young Dan
  • Mika Hockman … Tilda

The Bad Nun was released by ITN Distribution on September 4, 2018.


Originally announced as Knock Knock.

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4 Comments on “The Bad Nun – UK, 2018”

  1. Absolutely brilliant piece of work. Easy going, British humour and yet away from zombies and all imaginary demons. Makes you think It could have happen to someone. Made with with a small budget I guess.. 🙂 Bit observant, bit straight forward but so much better than Hollywood crap (in horror categories)

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