Annabelle (2014) Movie Review

October 4, 2014 9:23 PM

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Certain images come pre-loaded with an inherent creepiness — identical twins, clowns, dolls, identical ginger clown dolls — but while their presence guarantees some degree of an unsettling atmosphere they’re not actually all that scary. It’s a fine distinction perhaps, but it’s enough to make one leery at the idea of a horror film built around a doll. Yes I’ve seen and enjoyed Child’s Play, but no, it’s not scary. Annabelle is a spin-off from last year’s The Conjuring that’s focused on the doll from that film’s bookend sections, but it wisely attempts and succeeds at finding some fantastic scares from a variety of other sources.

Mia (Annabelle Wallis) and John (Ward Horton) are a young couple expecting a first child into their blissful early ’70s suburban life, but a pair of violent home intruders shatter their illusory bubble and paint the nursery walls red. The attack stirs something in one of Mia’s dolls, opening a gatew...

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