directed by John R. Leonetti
produced by James Wan
written by Gary Dauberman
It would be hard in this day and age to get people scared about doll-horror. It’s an often used plot device in horror that makes it difficult to be original with or write something surprising. I think James Wan did a decent job with Dead Silence building creepy suspense. Here he passes the torch to director, John R. Leonetti, with mixed results.
Firstly, this is not a walking, talking doll like Chucky, attacking members of the family with its little plastic hands. Thankfully, there was more to Annabelle than that. The doll is a vessel that a bad spirit hid in, to remain connected to the earthbound world. At opportune moments the spirit ventures out in order to finish a ceremony that will conjure a demon. There are some very good parts to this film. There is a big scene in the middle were the young mom goes into the basement and the demon captures her in the elevator, then chases her through the building. This scene is classic creepy and suspenseful horror.
The main problem with the film is, it’s never able to recapture that few minutes of suspenseful horror as it attempts to build a climactic ending. The newborn baby is threatened by this ill-willed spirit, but it never seems to get me nervous or anxious. The wife doesn’t have a character that makes me root for her. And lastly, (spoiler) I don’t really believe the neighbor would sacrifice her own life for complete strangers.
While Annabelle has a decent origination story and some exceptional scenes, it fails to become an enthralling horror film. The rest of the film is loaded with newfangled clichés that we’ve now seen too often in films like, The Conjuring, Insidious II, The Haunting in Connecticut, and others. Even the subject of an evil cult was handled better in the simple film, House of the Devil.
A decent scene in the middle makes it worth a one time watch for horror fans.
I give it 2.2 scary doll girls out of 5 on the creepy-cult, conjuring scale of sacrificial Satanists
I quite liked this movie – it’s not like it scared me or anything but it was refreshingly made well considering all of the shit I watch…
Yeah, I didn’t mind it either. It wasn’t the best and it wasn’t the worst, but it passed the time and I never found myself bored by it. And I still think dolls are scary!
Nice Review i think the only scene i really liked was the young ghost running towards the door bursting through being grown, but it got shown so many times on the horror channel it lost is spark
Yeah, thought that was a cool scene, too !
Hated this flick. Such a lazy movie, an obvious cash grab.
Nice review, not sure I’ll watch this one though.
I don’t think you’d miss much, how many times can you copy The Conjuring. These ‘Wan’ style ghost films seem to be cookie-cutter repetitions these days. Now we got Insidious 3 coming down the line…ugh.
I didn’t mind the first Insidious but I think they’re going a bit overboard with the sequels now.
I actually liked the 1st Insidious film. I thought the red & black demon was cool and the flamboyant look of the demon in the ‘nether’ was original. The 2nd film ruined the mythology of the first film.
The first one rocked but I definitely agree with you about the second one, it just ruined it.