Horror spin-off of 2013’s monster hit The Conjuring, following a creepy-looking three-foot doll named Annabelle who cries blood and torments a young couple. Directed by The Conjuring’s cinematographer John R. Leonetti.
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BY Tony Stamp Flicks Writer
Movies are an inherently risky business. A lot of them lose money. So it's a testament to how successful The Conjuring was that it was deemed worthwhile to base an entire feature around an inanimate object that appeared in one scene of that movie. Unfortunately, any hopes that Annabelle might be a worthy spin-off are muted early on.... More
The film mashes together a Perfect Couple with a Baby In Peril, a Magical Black Elder, and A Priest played by a cut-price F. Murray Abraham. Oh, and a ridiculously ugly doll, signposted as evil through an endless succession of shots slowly zooming into its face. And, hilariously, by the fact that it grows more demonic in appearance throughout the film, like Regan in The Exorcist.
Director John R. Leonetti, whose last effort in the director's chair was The Butterfly Effect 2, served as cinematographer on The Conjuring, and while he evidently learned a few tricks from that film's director James Wan (who was himself copping from '70s fright masters), his efforts at creating tension in Annabelle mostly succeed in creating yawns. There are a few good scares early on, but they become laughable as the film grows increasingly shrill in its third act. It doesn't help that Annabelle Wallis' attempts at looking terrified only register as 'mildly annoyed'.
By the time TWO unnecessary epilogues roll around it's been hammered home just how redundant this whole thing is, a cash-grab with couple of memorable moments surrounded by 90 minutes of complete nonsense.Hide
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BY Jashezilla superstar
Loved both the Conjuring movies and was really looking forward to watching this. HUGE disappointment. The story was a real generic horror flick script, characters were absolutely forgettable. and it doesn't capture the same tense feeling that the Conjuring movies have. A terrible and unneeded movie just trying to ride on the fame of its predecessors.