“Mary points the way”: The determined and devout Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) is menaced by the evil Valak (Bonnie Aarons) in “The Nun II.”

Some aficionados of the form rate The Conjuring Cinematic Universe as one of the most genuinely scary.

We must demur. The late William Friedkin's original "Exorcist" so traumatized us that we tend not to have much intentional contact with horror movies with religious supernatural overtones.