Annabelle (2014)

Director: John R. Leonetti

Synopsis: Annabelle is a horror film, and a prequel to The Conjuring (2013). As the movie starts with a happy couple about ready to have a baby, their whole lives are flipped around when the members of a satanic cult enter their home in attempts to kill the couple. As it ends in the deaths of the intruders, they have left a horrific demon amongst the family, which has possessed a favorite doll of Mia’s. After their baby is born, they try to leave behind the incident that happened at their previous house and start fresh. Although in their new home, the same events keep happening, and seem to be getting worse. As the mother searches for answers, she comes to find that the demon that has possessed her doll is targeting her young babies soul. Mia tries all she can to get rid of the doll, but it keeps returning. Come to find out, the only way for the demon to exit the doll and their presence, is for someone to give up their life and their soul.
Review: I found this movie to be just like any other horror movie. Annabelle very suspenseful in that it had me wondering when something was going to jump out at all times. The sounds and lighting used in the movie really set a demonic tone, leaving me on the edge of my seat. Whenever the doll, Annabelle, was on the screen, I was ready to be frightened. I thought that is was creative that the doll in the movie started out looking slightly innocent, and as the movie progresses, the looks of her turned more evil and demonic. Although it did have me covering my eyes, which is no surprise, I found the plot to be very predictable. Like any typical horror movie, of course the husband had to go away on trips and has to work late when the wife is at home alone with the baby in a haunted house. The acting in horror movies is sometimes frustrating because you just want to tell them to turn on the light or shut the door behind them, they always seem to make not the smartest choices.  The movie also didn’t end very distinctly, it didn’t wrap up very well, which most likely means there will be sequel. Overall, the movie was a good scare, but didn’t have much of an interesting story.

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