A couple and their new baby are terrorized by a vengeful spirit
attached to a doll shortly after they are attacked by cultists.
Directed by John R. Leonetti
Written by Gary Dauberman
Starring Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton,
Tony Amendola, Alfre Woodard
Spin-Off of 2013's The Conjuring
Annabelle was a good attempt at continuing the Warren franchise, but it didn't hold up to the sheer terror of The Conjuring. It seemed to take a lot of the mystery and overall fear factor away from the doll itself, all of which was established in the previous film. There were some intensely scary moments but the film just seems like your average ghost flick. I hope that, in the future, the upcoming franchise sticks to their roots rather than appeal to what they think audience members will expect.
While this film had some very enjoyable moments; it was, overall, a bit of a disappointment. They story was decent and had some good scares, but that was the issue. The film only had moments of genuine terror and the drama that happened in between the scares was not all that interesting. The film started out promisingly enough with the Manson murders playing into the plot. This was, by far, the most frightening part of the whole film.
While the title doll was supposed to be made more terrifying by telling its origin story, it actually took away a lot of the mystery and made the doll less scary. While The Conjuring was one of the better supernatural horror films to come out in a long time, this one was a disappointing followup.