The True Story Of The Nun: Who Is Valak?

Everything you need to know about the marquis of snakes before braving The Nun.

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When The Conjuring 2 was released, audiences everywhere left theatres terrified of a demonic crone guised as a sister of the religious community. Not only was it the pasty-skin, yellow eyes, and resemblance to Marilyn Manson that gave everyone the heebie jeebies, it was also its skill at turning crosses upside down, prowling corridors, and hiding behind spooky paintings.

With James Wan’s sequel being an adaptation of both the real-life investigations into the Amityville Horror and Enfield Poltergeist, how much was Valak based on a true story?

Well, similar to Annabelle’s show-stealing debut in The Conjuring, Valak had no connection to either of the famous paranormal events, and was added to the film at the eleventh hour to make the flick even scarier.

But, that doesn’t mean it was entirely fictitious. Although the creepy nun was nowhere to be seen when Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his family, or when Janet Hodgson became central to a media circus after speaking in a disturbing voice, Valak was still a notorious demon of Hell.

Here's the true story behind the film...

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