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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Arriving thanks to the great success of James Wan’s “The Conjuring,” “Annabelle” picks up where its predecessor began. I know that doesn’t make much sense, but think of this supernatural thriller as a companion piece versus a sequel. While not as frightening or complex as the original, “Annabelle” is an effective scare fest filled with characters set up well enough to empathize with.

A couple’s home is invaded by satanic cultists. Shortly after, they begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll. Upon further investigation, the couple discovers the cultists have summoned an entity so malicious that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now… Annabelle.

Set in the 1970s, “Annabelle” plays out just like a lost film from that era. It takes time to set up each character and give the viewer a reason to invest in their lives. You get attached to them before unholy terror and tragedy reigns down upon each one.

Another reason it plays out like a genuine treasure from the decade of “The Exorcist” and “The Omen” is its focus on the satanic panic movement of the time. The drama unfolds as the Manson Family trial is playing out on the couple’s television. It captures the paranoia of a time when cults and a serial murderer known as the Zodiac Killer was on everyone’s minds. The American public was either fixated or unhealthily fascinated with the dangers of the occult.

“Annabelle” is rated R for intense sequences of disturbing violence and terror. Blood is definitely shed on screen and I agree that some imagery is beyond what we’ve come to expect from PG-13 movies. However, there’s no nudity to be seen.

For those walking into “Annabelle” expecting a “Chucky” movie, you’ll be sorely disappointed. The doll is only one plot device used. The demon manifests itself using several different avenues which I don’t want to spoil entirely here. The most prevalent one is that of the female cult member who “infects” the doll with her tainted blood.

“Annabelle” is a worthy follow-up to “The Conjuring.” It comes as no surprise that producers would focus on the deadly doll as a means of carrying on what could become a franchise all its own. The creepy plaything almost stole the show. Just like Disney is doing with “Star Wars,” Warner Brothers could push out a spin-off film for each object in the Warrens’ occult museum every other year directed by up and coming talent while James Wan handles the “The Conjuring” sequels.

If that does come to light, then I for one am in!!

What did you guys think? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Were you surprised in a good or bad way as to how the movie played out?

Let me know below in the comment section!

Here is a list of my top 5 most anticipated horror releases in the last quarter of 2014, the following list is in no particular order!


ANNABELLE – October 3rd 

Everyone alive is interested in seeing this tie in to the adored James Wan creeper The Conjuring. Annabelle, that creepy doll that spooked us in the film is back to make us all sh*t our pants again in her own flick this October. John R. Leonetti is tapped to direct this chiller, Creepy dolls and Halloween madness seem like a very appropriate fit. We’ll find out if these two can coexist on the level we’re all hoping for next month.








THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN – October 16thThe Town That Dreaded Sundown

Yet another remake, which is always a scary proposition on it’s own regardless of the content of the film, but The Town that Dreaded Sundown is a film that horror fans either know intimately, or missed altogether. We’re all hoping this reboot is really great, but even if it’s not maybe it’s existence will inspire more fans to seek out the original. I think this will be a gem for the horror remakes! I can feel it!



V/H/S VIRAL – October 23rd

This is another anthology offering horror shorts, and the success of the first and second installments prompted a quick sequel and an exciting trip to the Cannes festival to show it off. While the name is still fresh in horror fan’s minds this one will certainly have some play, especially now that it’s escalated to a bonafide franchise. Lets hope the third installment can follow suit and keep up the awesomeness the first and second movies had!









HORNS – October 31st Horns Poster

Is the long anticipated adaptation of Joe Hill’s bestselling novel of the same name going to live up to expectations? Can Daniel Radcliffe successfully front a picture of this nature? Will the damn thing be as creepy as we’re hoping? The curious will receive their answers on Halloween! I hope it lives up to the hype but wasn’t all that impressed by daniel in The Woman in Black a few years back!







THE BABADOOK – November 28th Babadock movie image

Only The Town That Dreaded Sundown rivals this one in terms of anticipation, for me. The trailer is insanely appealing, giving us a few glimpses of what could be a seriously engrossing picture. Production values look quite respectable and the tone of the feature seems to be very sinister and creepy. A couple qualities I can really dig. Of all the films on this list,The Babadook just might be the most frightening of them all.

Remember that horrifying doll from the 2013 haunted house flick The Conjuring? Well, she’s baaaack — this time as the star of the movie. According to Deadline, The Conjuring is getting a spin-off film titled Annabelle, which will be released in theaters on October 3. The film, which is neither a sequel nor a prequel, will center on that awful doll from the original movie, and is guaranteed to make you shove all of your childhood toys in the back of your closet. No other plot details for Annabelle have been released yet, but one question that comes to mind is whether Annabelle will also claim to be based on a true story, just as the original film does.

The Conjuring is allegedly based on a true story, but how true that true story is depends on whether or not you believe in ghosts. The film follows the Perron family as they move into a home on Rhode Island, which, within about two hours, is revealed to be super haunted. The Perron family calls upon Ed and Lorraine Warren, two paranormal investigators who make it their mission to rid the house of the demonic spirits.

During the film, we see the Warren’s collection of paranormal “trophies,” which includes the terrifying doll, Annabelle. Though Annabelle was redesigned for the film, the doll is a real item that was collected from one of the Warrens’ cases. According to History Vs. Hollywood, a nursing student named Donna came into possession of the doll after it was given to her by her mother. Soon Donna and her roommate, Angie, began noticing that the doll had moved positions around the room on its own. A friend, Lou, who was staying with the women claimed that the doll had tried to strangle him in the middle of the night and gave him visible scratch marks. Soon, the girls started finding notes around the house that said “Help me.” Naturally, this was terrifying, so Donna and Angie decided to take the doll to a medium to fix the problem.

The medium told the girls that the doll was possessed with the spirit of a little girl named Annabelle, who died on the field where their apartment complex was built. She also told Donna and Angie that the girl just wanted to be safe with them and that she wouldn’t mean any harm. They agreed to let ghost doll Annabelle chill with them.

Umm, big mistake.

Lou kept having terrible nightmares about Annabelle attacking him and choking him in his sleep — obviously, he was concerned. When he started seeing random claw marks appearing on his chest, he was downright terrified. Donna and Angie called the Warrens, who realized that it wasn’t the ghost of the little girl in their apartment — it was a demon posing as the ghost girl, so that it could eventually capture Donna’s soul.

The allegedly true story of Annabelle is perfect for a horror movie, and most likely will be the story that the new film uses. It’s certainly horrifying enough — I’m currently in a very brightly lit room, typing this article, and I’m still freaked out. I’ll certainly buy a ticket to see Annabelle when it hits theaters this October which lucky for me I will be in Orlando visiting for 2weeks for Halloween Horror Nights 24 — though don’t blame me if I’m watching it through my hands.

Oh, and if you’re curious about where the real Annabelle is today, you can make a trip to visit the doll… if you dare. She resides at the Warrens’ Occult Museum and is credited with the death of one of the museum’s visitors, who, according to the museum’s website, allegedly got into a motorcycle accident on the way home after taunting the doll. I’m thinking about skipping that field trip.

Annabelle hits theaters October 3.