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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!

The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

What they claimed was real: The movie’s marketers claimed that it was based on paranormal activities experienced by the Snedeker family in their Southington, Connecticut home. In the film, a family moves into a house in Connecticut near where one of the children is receiving cancer treatments. The family discovers that the house used to be a funeral home, but decide to ignore the house’s macabre history—and least until the weirdness starts. Matt, the boy receiving cancer treatments, begins having visions of a ghost and so do his parents. Matt eventually learns about necromantic rites once practiced in the house, which led to the death of Jonah, who served as a medium during seances. The house, it turns out, is haunted by the spirits of the people whose corpses were hidden in the walls by the necromancer. The ghost of the medium possesses Matt in order to burn the corpses, freeing the spirits. The house burns down and Matt’s cancer disappears.

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Alleged Real Connecticut Home via National Paranormal Association.

The Facts: Even Lorraine Warren, one of the supposed clairvoyants who worked on the case, said the movie was only loosely based on the actual investigation—and she told media outlets that she was kind of annoyed that people thought the movie version of the story was true. Of course, she insists that the house actually was haunted, but Ray Garton, who wrote In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting, the 1992 book about the case, says the whole thing was a fraud. In an interview with Damned Connecticut, Garton claimed that Ed Warren, Lorraine’s wife and business partner, told him, “All the people who come to us are crazy, that’s why they come to us. Just use what you can and make the rest up. You write scary books, right? Well, make it up and make it scary. That’s why we hired you.” Garton insisted that the Snedekers couldn’t keep their stories straight and that he was barely allowed to speak to their son, around whom the story was supposed to be based. When he did talk to the boy, he told Garton that the things he thought he saw in the house went away after he had been medicated.

The Verdict: Well, the Snedekers did live in a former funeral home in Connecticut, but other than that, this isn’t a true story. The movie is very loosely based on a set of stories likely invented by the Snedekers and the Warrens and cleaned up by Garton for print.

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.

 

Ed and Lorraine Warren have spent the majority of their lives helping people and families who are suffering through paranormal occurrences. Their exploits are touched upon in The Conjuring, and this week’s EW has taken us into one of the darkest places on the planet.

Over the years Ed and Lorraine have removed objects from the locations of some of their cases that were either causing or contributing to some part of the problem of said hauntings (most notable of which is Annabelle the Doll, featured in the upcoming film). These items are currently locked away and on display inside Lorraine’s home in what has been dubbed their “Museum of the Occult.”

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Synopsis

Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story described in the bookHouse of Darkness, House of Light: The True Story by Andrea Perron, The Conjuring tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

From New Line Cinema comes a feature film drawn from the case files of married demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Conjuring stars Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel,” Orphan) and Patrick Wilson (Hard Candy, Insidious) as the Warrens and Ron Livingston (HBO’s “Band of Brothers”) and Lili Taylor (Public Enemies) as Roger and Carolyn Perron, residents of the house.

Joey King (Crazy, Stupid, Love), Shanley Caswell (Detention), Haley McFarland (TV’s “Lie to Me”), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), and newcomer Kyla Deaver play the Perrons’ five daughters, and Sterling Jerins (World War Z) is the Warrens’ little girl, Judy.

James Wan (Saw, Insidious) directs from a screenplay by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes (The Reaping). The film is produced by Peter Safran, Tony DeRosa-Grund, and Rob Cowan with Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter serving as executive producers. Reuniting with the director are members of his Insidious creative team, director of photography John Leonetti, editor Kirk Morri, and costume designer Kristin M. Burke, and his Saw production designer, Julie Berghoff. The music is composed by Joseph Bishara.

New Line Cinema presents an Evergreen Media Group/Safran Company Production of a James Wan Film: The Conjuring. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

The film opens in the US and the UK on July 19, 2013.

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