I was flipping through a magazine, music blasting somewhat subtly in the background as I came to an advertisement for a Halloween product.
Seeing as to how I didn’t exactly spend the holiday in such a celebratory manner, I had decided to meet an available friend at the most nearby theater for a movie.
What we happened to see on October 31 was Annabelle- a considered masterpiece by the creators and directors of Insidious and Sinister, and excellent producer, James Wan.
Since I haven’t done a review in a while, I decided to review that movie.
Warning: there are most likely a variety of spoilers ahead, and they will undoubtedly ruin your day if you were looking forward to said motion picture. Continue reading at your own risk.
While I did enjoy the film greatly, I also found it somewhat disappointing.
Most of the time, movies are quick to throw in a full-blown doll movement such as its walking or disappearance; however, the doll of this film did things subtly- it wasn’t until toward the end that anything significant such as it being lifted by a demon and held upright for a minute or so while the protagonist stood there in horror had actually happened.
The art and making of the doll itself is horribly good; every aspect of this object terrified me, including that seemingly innocent smile.
Use of satanic worship and spiritual knowledge has been a key feature in both Annabelle and The Conjuring- and they’ve got their facts right.
The plot came across to me as somewhat confusing. It’s said in the movie that ghosts attach themselves to spirits, not to things- yet, there it is, both a demon and the spirit of a satanic worshiper sharing the doll as an apparent conduit.
While I do admire the toned down use of slow moving action that sends a chill down your spine, I’m afraid that that’s all it did. I didn’t stay awake, nor did I have nightmares or find the movie particularly scary. It was more of a suspense and thriller than a horror film.
Overall, I give Annabelle a 3/5(*****) star rating for the amazing twists and turns that this film has presented.
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