Annabelle Movie Review
They made a prequel to The Conjuring, because that’s what you do when you make a freaky-as-hell movie that makes lots of money. The subject of this one: the freaky-as-hell doll Annabelle that no sane person would ever want in her home no matter how much she likes dolls.
Annabelle explains how the fucking-ugly doll came to be possessed by a demon. Do I need to bother with one of those boring-ass plot recaps that most movie reviews contain?
The movie, directed by a dude who made Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (3.6 rating on IMDB, woot woot!) and The Butterfly Effect 2, is decently made and features a few brilliantly scary sequences. The murder scene that opens the film is well done and extremely intense; what follows is a mix of cheap thrills and legitimately constructed scares.
Not as scary as The Conjuring nor as good, Annabelle is nonetheless a worthwhile horror movie. Annabelle Wallis (the coincidentally [?] named actress, not the freaky-as-hell doll) is strong in the leading role, and Ward Horton does a fine job as her husband. Alfre Woodard gets the short end of the straw, though she makes the most of what is a rather forgettable role.
More importantly, the movie will keep you on the edge of your seat… at least some of the time. While the movie struggles from a few slow patches and takes a while to get going—and of course has the exact same plot as countless other movies—a horror movie that can freak you out even just a little bit is a good horror movie.
The ending sort of sucks, but oh well.
Annabelle isn’t a horror classic, but it has enough frights and creepy moments to make it worth it.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.