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‘The Nun 2’ Director Michael Chaves Reveals Audience Demand for Increased Violence in the Film

‘The Nun II’ Director Made the Sequel Even Gorier After Test Screenings

The horror genre has always had a penchant for pushing boundaries, but in the case of ‘The Nun 2,’ it wasn’t the director but the audience that demanded a more intense and violent experience. Director Michael Chaves sheds light on the intriguing shift in audience expectations for the upcoming horror sequel.

Michael Chaves Enhances Gore and Violence in ‘The Nun 2’ to Satisfy Audience Desires

Michael Chaves, known for his work in the horror genre, shared how the audience’s desire for increased violence in ‘The Nun 2’ led to additional filming and heightened gore elements in the film.


“Even in the earliest version, it was more [violent] than what was in your traditional Conjuring movie. I think horror audiences have been on this journey, this horror renaissance, where they’ve seen a lot of horror movies, they’ve seen a lot of violence. It’s something they wanted more of and we gladly gave it.”

Michael Chaves

Chaves brings his horror expertise to ‘The Nun II,’ following his recent directorial roles in ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ and ‘The Curse of La Llorona.’

The Nun 2′ Script by Akela Cooper Sets Up Tense 1956 Showdown with Valak, Boosting Box Office Projections

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In The Nun II, set in 1956 after a priest’s murder, Sister Irene (Farmiga) confronts the demon Valak (Bonnie Aarons) once more. Jonas Bloquet reprises Maurice, while Reid joins as a new character, alongside Katelyn Rose Downey as Sophie and Anna Popplewell as Marcella.

The extra work paid off; The Nun 2 earned around $13 million on its opening day and is projected to debut at $31 million to $34 million across 3,728 theaters, exceeding expectations.