Movie Review: “Immaculate,” a Terrifying Convent Tale with a Twist

Veronica Loop

Immaculate is a movie starring Sydney Sweeney with Álvaro Morte and Simona Tabasco. It is directed by Michael Mohan.

“Immaculate” emerges as a commendable horror flick, blending all the timeless elements against a backdrop that almost never fails to chill its audience: a convent. Set in Italy around the mid-20th century (a time devoid of cell phones, where pens and fountain pens were the norm), it provides an atmospheric setting that adds depth to the narrative.

While the plot may tread familiar ground and might not offer many surprises, both lead actress Sydney Sweeney and director Michael Mohan go to great lengths to ensure the film crosses the finish line as both entertaining and, at intervals, genuinely frightening.

Plot Overview

The story introduces us to a novice nun arriving at a new convent. Welcomed by a seemingly kind-hearted priest, she soon plunges into a world of nightmarish visions and sinister thoughts. To her shock, she discovers she’s pregnant, despite vehemently claiming no relations with any man. Could this be considered a miracle?


About the Film

The script doesn’t break new ground or transport us to undiscovered realms of horror cinema. Echoing themes remindful of “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968), set against the convent setting, the novice’s dreams, and the character of Father Sal Tedeschi, it stitches together a classical horror fabric.

The setting undoubtedly plays its part well, supplemented by Mohan’s directorial precision, ensuring not a single shot nor the pacing falters; it’s a film that perfectly meets its modest ambitions. Though critics have pointed to its reliance on “cheap thrills,” it manages to evoke fear effectively, if not spectacularly.

“Immaculate” serves up scares in moderation, punctuated by the stellar performance of Sydney Sweeney. She seizes her role as the troubled mother-to-be nun with convincing angst and torment – though, admittedly, not offering anything novel in terms of character exploration.

The film flirts with predictability but saves grace with surprising twists towards the end. It might leave audiences wanting more in terms of plot clarity and engagement mid-way, only to pick up pace and deliver an outstanding final act worth the wait.

In films like this, the ambiance takes center stage – think Caravaggio’s chiaroscuro playing out in the rich tradition of Italian baroque, utilized to its fullest to create an immersive cinematic experience, steeped deeply in Italy’s iconic artistic heritage.

Our Verdict

“Immaculate” stands out as a solid film that achieves its aims with efficiency and a commendable level of quality, despite not shining in any particular aspect. It represents those under-the-radar films with modest budgets that, through sheer professionalism and dedication, manage to triumph.

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Veronica Loop is the managing director of MCM. She is passionate about art, culture and entertainment. Contact: veronica (@) martincid (.) com
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