7 months ago
Saturday night's movie was Annabelle Comes Home starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace, and Madison Iseman.
I'll be honest...the trailers for this movie really didn't thrill me. It looked hokey and predictable....and not very scary. But I went anyway. I've seen all the other Conjuring Universe films so figured I might as well keep seeing them. The last two Conjuring Universe films, The Nun and La Llorona, were massive let downs.....but went into this one with some blind faith.
Got to be honest.....this movie gave me hope for this movie franchise again. Some people are not liking it....I was mildly surprised.
The film picks up right after Ed and Lorraine Warren (real life paranormal investigators of Amityville Horror fame) take possession of Annabelle, the cursed doll, which is how the first Conjuring movie began. Creepy things happen and the Warrens believe the doll is a conduit to all sorts of evil demons and spirits and draws them to it.
Cut to a year later......the Warrens are going out of town for a day and their daughter Judy is being babysat by Mary Ann. Mary Ann's friend shows up all interested in the Warren's paranormal investigations. She lets herself into the locked room where the Warrens keep all their cursed belongings......and, well.....you know that just doesn't end well.
The film does have its creepy set pieces and it really does turn up the dread and fear. Yes, there are jump scares galore.....but they are good ones. In fact, one got a HUGE reaction out of the people I saw it with. Just didn't see that one coming.
You may ask yourself how scary can a doll be? Well, pretty scary.....but remember how the doll is a conduit that attracts other demons and evil spirits? All SORTS of evil things show up for this movie....and they are pretty frightening. It's just NOT Annabelle.
The movie does a great job of getting the 70's right......right down to that bowl with the orangish brown and yellow leaves that everyone had back then. If you were around in the 70's, you'll know it when you see it.
And my favorite part of the film? The game Feeley Meeley plays an important part. It was a game where everyone put their hands into a box full of things and had to find the object that was on a card that was turned over. I LOVED that game.....and now I will have nightmares about it.
Yeah, the last few minutes did try too hard a bit, but it didn't get as silly as The Nun did. And thankfully there wasn't the proverbial portal to hell that they needed to close. I truly hate that plot device.
But, really, if you opened a closet.....and instead found a long dark tunnel filled with cobwebs, wouldn't you just shut the door?
Think what you will about the Warrens....were they really in tune with otherworldly entities or just a couple who spun hoaxes.....but their life story has created a fairly good movie franchise. And the movie is dedicated to Lorraine as she passed away earlier this year.
Recommended for a creepy good scary time at the movies.