Annabelle Review

  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.

  Credits:
    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.

  Demerits:
    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.

  If you have any questions, comments, or would like a review done, please leave a comment and I’ll be sure to respond as soon as possible.

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The Insidious Franchise Takes Off

  In 2010, Australian director James Wan forever changed the horror film industry by cooperating with companies such as Film District and Blastr– a site that posted daily trailers and updates on the film.

  Why exactly was “Insidious” such a big hot and top box office seller? It could’ve been any number of things: the brilliantly bone chilling shriek of the well conducted orchestra of violins, the insidiously scary face of a red masked demon, or the horrifying fact that the dead want to take advantage of a comatose son by inhabiting his body.

  The combination of these factors amongst others made up the horror factor of Insidious. Let me explain a little more. Be warned, spoilers will be included. Into the Further of this movie we go.

  Josh and Renai Lambert have recently moved into a new house with their two sons Dalton and Foster. They’re about to turn a new page in their life– but the sinister forces of the afterlife have something else in mind.

  Only a few days after arriving in the house and a minor accident of Dalton falling off of a ladder in the attic, strange things begin happening. Mrs.Lambert sees, hears, and feels like there is someone else in the house other than her family.

  One morning, Dalton won’t wake up. He’s comatose for some unknown reason. Three months fly by and the family has given up all hope. They relocate to another home due to the gravity of the “hauntings”, firmly believing that it’s the home in which they lived. They couldn’t have been more wrong.

  I really liked this movie– it had the creepy affect, and not just a whole bunch of things that pop out of nowhere. If you enjoy horror films with a good plot, I suggest “Insidious.”