Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Annabelle (2014)

"Why the f*** would someone buy that doll?!" - Everyone

Our Rating:


IMDb Rating: 5.7
Rotten Tomatoes: 30%
Metacritic: 37%

Synopsis: John Form finds the 'perfect gift' for his pregnant wife Mia- a rare, vintage doll (Yeah, that's not creepy at all -_- ). But then one evening, their home is invaded by satanic cultists, and blood and terror follow. But that is only the beginning, as the cultists have conjured up a malevolent entity that latches on to the doll...


So... yeah. Another case of high expectations, I suppose. 
I'd expected this to be at least as scary as The Conjuring, if not better. Annabelle the doll had been one of the more creepier aspects of Conjuring. I came away disappointed.

If the Warrens are to be believed, this is the original, real life Annabelle doll:

Lorraine definitely looks better in the movie :P

The movie version is much more creepy-fied, but it fails to exude the aura of menace that is needed. Very little of the terror comes from the doll itself.

Clich├ęd plot devices like rocking chairs, appliances switching on and creaking floors abound. Very little of it is genuinely scaring.

There are one or two great moments (such as the one with the elevator) but they are not sufficient to save this otherwise thinly stretched movie.

Annabelle Wallis (LOL) as Mia does an okay job, but it's not really convincing. There are patches where it seems her character is frozen in a shell of non-reaction. Ward Horton as her husband is even less believable.

In short, they made this movie because they could, counting on viewers of the Conjuring to watch it, not because the movie is anything great on its own. 

Annabelle would've been disappointed.

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