a”Before The Conjuring, there was Annabelle”
The prequel to the highly successful movie, The Conjuring, is here! Annabelle came out on October 3rd, and has been showing in theaters ever since. This film was not as successful as The Conjuring, but still uses similar old horror movie elements. Annabelle follows a young, newly married couple preparing to have a baby. John (Ward Horton), the father, gives his wife a doll she has long been searching for to complete her collection. Within a couple of days of receiving the doll, Mia (Annabelle Wallis), the mother, wakes up in the middle of the night to the murder of her neighbors. She then wakes up her husband to investigate the scene.
While he is gone, she is attacked by a woman, who is holding the all-important doll, and a male accomplice. The police come shortly after, shooting the male suspect while the woman intruder kills herself. However, she leaves behind the letter “A” drawn in blood on the wall representative of her name, Annabelle. A drop of blood from the wall falls and lands into the doll’s eye, unbeknownst to Mia, and the paranormal activity begins. At this point, Mia throws the doll away because of the unsettling image of Annabelle holding it as she died. Even after throwing the doll away, however, paranormal activity continues up to the birth of Mia’s child.
In order to start a new life, the family decides to move to another home. While they are unpacking, they find, to their surprise, the doll they had previously thrown out. As the movie continues, the couple learns that there is a demon haunting them that wants to claim a soul, and will not give up until they get it. The demon terrorizes the family up until the very end of the movie.
There were many plot twists, as well as many small scares and high intensity moments, throughout the movie. There were also musical elements, such as building and sudden sounds, used frequently to scare the audience at the release of the suspense created. The film also included many examples of foreshadowing. The foreshadowing was highly effective in making the film seem more realistic, and more frightening. The little hints and facts that the characters stated were important as the movie progressed, because they tied up all of the loose ends, until, at least, the biggest plot twist at the end of the movie.
Although Annabelle might not be as scary as other movies, like The Grudge or The Exorcist, it still has incorporated traditional paranormal occurrences such as things moving unexpectedly, loud noises, and things turning on and off, to give the audience a good scare. Pairing these paranormal occurrences with a possessed doll gave the movie an even creepier feel, and made ordinary things, like playing music, unsettling.
Rating: 4/5 stars