Thursday, October 1, 2015

Annabelle (2014)

Starring: Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, and Alfre Woodard

Homicidal Maniac: A Demon Within a Doll

Run time: 1:39:00

Quick Synopsis: A new family is terrorized by a supernatural occurrences following a home invasion.

My biggest worry going into this film was that it was going to be a rushed money-grab attempting to make quick money off of the successful The Conjuring from a year earlier.  For the most part, that concern was warranted and the movie did nothing to change that opinion.  Annabelle does not feel as rushed as I thought it would be, however, there was not much of a story to rush.  The plot could best described as bland with very little risk or payoff in any form.  The films ending is mostly anticlimactic lacking any feeling of either tragedy or joy.  This is due to an inability to develop the characters (more specifically secondary characters) in the film.  It is hard to care about the sacrifices a character makes if we do not care about the actual character.  There is some level horror in many scenes, but there is just not enough to ever pull you into the story.  The acting is forgettable but in no way a major cog in the films problems.  The man who comes out looking the best after watching the movie is James Wan, director of The Conjuring.  It is insane how a film that looks so similar to another could feel so different.  Annabelle director John R. Leonetti is just not in the same class as Wan.  Annabelle is an unnecessary awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: The real Annabelle doll was actually a large Raggedy Ann doll.

Hidden Gem:  The baby mobile above the Gordon baby's crib plays the same tune as the music box in The Conjuring (2013).

Total Kill Count:
Sharon Higgins- Kerry O'Malley (16:00) Stabbed Offscreen Gore Rating: ---
Pete Higgins- Brian Howe (16:00) Stabbed Offscreen Gore Rating: ---
Annabelle's Boyfriend (17:00) Shot Gore Rating: 5
Annabelle Higgins (18:00) Slits own Throat Gore Rating: 8
Evelyn- Alfre Woodard (1:31:00) Jumped Out Window Gore Rating: 6

             Horror Film: 5
             Entertainment: 4
             Gore: 5
             Overall: 4.75