John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia - a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn't last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all ...more
John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia - a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn't last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now... Annabelle. less
“Annabelle has no spooky surprises, with predictable sequences it makes up for a one time watch. Scary at places, but fails to live up to the level of The Conjuring.”
For those who have seen recent horror films like Insidious and The Conjuring, Annabelle is both familiar territory and a let down of sorts. While the film takes us into a periodic setting where the chills are more from atmospherics and less from sudden camera tricks, it fails to conjure up the dreadfull fear The Conjuring managed to in us.
A spinoff of The Conjuring Annabelle is about a wodden doll who has become the conduit for a demon looking for souls. An expecting mother is gifted this doll by her husband when an unexpected turn of events links it to the murder of their neighbor Annabelle's murder. There on start a series of hauntings in the house even when the shift homes- the doll obviously follows them everywhere they go and is on a killing spree. An unconvincing climax later, the story trails back to the Lorraine family from The Conjuring to round things up.
Like the first film, Annabelle benefits with some strong actin. Annabelle Willis as the pregnant Mia is vulnerable and intelligent at the same time, making her fear for her child's safety all the more believable. Ward Horton as John has little screen presence in comparison but is a definite plus to the strength of the movie. There are no exorcists in this story, just a friendly lack woman who provides with the necessary evil occult books and a father who tries to hep but is overpowered by the supreme evil.
A lot of Annabelle is just the setting and the impending anticipation of something bad happening just round the corner. The sewing machine sequences and the popcorn sequence leave you so dreadfully stressed that one wishes the ordeal ended soon- this is brilliant in comparision the the crash boom style of horror we are so used to. Occassionally, we are given a glimpse of the ghost/demon, like when the small girl in white runs in to slam the door- chills ran through everyones spines in a collective moment of Gosh in the theater.
Yet, these moments are not as involving and as enough as they were in The Conjuring. Somehow, Annabelle does not give the same amount of satisfaction of having been spoked at the end of it all. I also think that the "strategically placed" interval too took off a lot of the sense of doom the first half managed to create in our minds, diluting the effect further.
Perhaps a second viewing on a rainy lonely night on the TV would amp up the scare quotient. Though such a night would better be spent watching The Conjuring again instead. A one time watch for sure , this one just does not match up to the first one.