Annabelle (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
99 minutes /

User Score: 71/100

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Annabelle Review


A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.

Annabelle (2014) is an American supernatural horror movie that was touched on in The Conjuring (2013). Director John R. Leonetti (The Conjuring (2013), The Mask (1994), Insidious (2010), Mortal Kombat (1995)) did not fulfil my expectations. I was expecting a movie that surpasses The Conjuring (2013) but it did not. The Annabelle doll is supposedly possessed by deranged Annabelle Higgins, who committed suicide. The movie contains violence, suspense, sitting on the edge of your seat moments, thrills, frights, cults, possession and one creepy looking doll.

Annabelle is about newlyweds Mia ( Annabelle Wallis - X-Men: First Class (2011), Body of Lies (2008), The Lost Future (2010)) and John preparing for the arrival of their first baby in Los Angeles suburb in 1967. John bought a rare vintage doll for his wife as a present because she has a collection of dolls. Mia and John (Ward Horton - The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Christmas Wish List (2005), Guiding Light (1952)) are awaken by their neighbors fighting and debate whether they should call the cops. Mia and John is struggling with the satanic cultists killers after a few events. Mia is stabbed in the back by one of the killers as the officers shoot him seconds after. The second killer was the neighbors grown up daughter - she committed suicide in the unborn baby’s bedroom while holding onto the doll John gave to Mia. The couple start experiencing strange paranormal activities soon after the deaths in their home. John is a medical student and has no choice but to move to Pasadena, CA, to complete his residency.

The couple find it is best for them to move to Pasadena, California and have a new start in a new house after all the bad things that occurred to them in their current home. The couple was in for a surprise when they arrived in their new home. Mia is experiencing paranormal activities in her new home as well and started to research hauntings. John is not with Mia to experience all the bizarre happenings. The Annabelle doll appears to be possessed since she is seen operating a sewing machine, record player and other things. Mia met bookstore owner Evelyn ( Alfre Woodard - Primal Fear (1996), K-PAX (2001), Dinosaur (2000), Trek: First Contact (1996)) while trying to find out more information on hauntings. Evelyn showed Mia the cult section in her store and they both find the cult that Mia’s previous neighbors belong to but do not use the helpful information they found. It makes me think, why go through the trouble to find information if you are not going to use it - makes no sense. There are some loose ends in this movie. Another loose end was when we were introduced to two children that predict the baby will be hit by a truck - I never saw the kids again and have no clue where they came from. They know that something has attached itself to Annabelle and later found out that the doll is a host to a demon and it needs an innocent human soul to reside in. So basically we see two young parents who will do anything in their power, even go through hell to save their baby’s soul.

Annabelle was not as scary as I expect it to be. It was a nice movie, but it lacked scare factors although it was put together nicely, and it was an easy movie to look at without guessing too much about what is going on and why. It appeared as though the doll was built for evil because it looked hideous from the beginning, even before it was possessed by a demon. It would have been nice if the doll was made to look innocent and then transformed into looking evil after it was possessed. One of the things that were so cliche was having someone sacrificing their life for someone they do not know well. The movie was great, and all horror fans should watch it but I am not sure if it is worth it to pay to see the movie in theaters or just wait until it comes out on Blu-ray / DVD. I was reminded of Insidious during the movie. The set, cinematography, actors and special effects were all exceptional.

About Annabelle 2014

Title: Annabelle
Year: 2014
Runtime: 99 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.5/5 stars from 41 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 41
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Joseph Bishara, Kerry O'Malley, Michael Laren, Annabelle Wallis, Ivar Brogger, Morganna Bridgers, Morganna May, Eric Ladin, Brian Howe, Alfre Woodard, Shiloh Nelson, Zach Pappas, Robin Pearson Rose, Richard Allan Jones, Tony Amendola, Gabriel Bateman, Sasha Sheldon, Camden Singer, Keira Daniels, Paige Diaz, Tree O'Toole, Michelle Romano, Ward Horton, Christopher Shaw, Trampas Thompson, Charles Manson, Geoff Wehner
Writers: Gary Dauberman
Director: John R. Leonetti