Thursday, March 5, 2020

MARIAH's THOUGHTS on Annabelle Comes Home (2019)

Release Date:
June 26, 2019
DVD/Blu-Ray Release Date:
October 8, 2019
Run Time:
1 hr 46 mins

Directed by:
Gary Dauberman

Screenplay by:
James Wan, Gary Dauberman

James Wan, Richard Brener, Michael Clear, Victoria Palmeri, Peter Safran, Dave Neustadter, Michelle Morrissey, Judson Scott 

Production Co.:
Atomic Monster, New Line Cinema, The Safran Company

Distribution Co.:
Warner Bros.

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Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, McKenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, Michael Cimino

Plot Summary:
Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her “safely” behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest’s holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target—the Warrens’ ten year- old daughter, Judy, and her friends.


*My Thoughts*

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

The third installment of the Annabelle series is here and available for streaming through your television company, but it is only worth the watch for the sake of continuing the Annabelle series. Annabelle Comes Home starts with the famous Demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bringing home the demonic porcelain doll. The Warrens lock the doll up in their evil artifacts room, behind a container made from cathedral glass. Ed and Lorraine leave for another case, leaving Judy in the care of Mary Ellen, but an intrusion from Mary’s curious friend Daniela accidentally releases the evil power of Annabelle. The main story of Annabelle Comes Home follows an evening of survival with Judy Warren, the child of Lorraine and Ed Warren, Mary Ellen, and Daniela.

The plot of the movie itself has ongoing storylines, not only focusing on the power of Annabelle but also the childhood experience of Judy and the trauma of Daniela. Judy’s introduction into the story line is a humanizing experience because the movie series no longer relies on spooks from a possessed doll but Judy’s experiences and her babysitters. The darkness of the night and the bombardment of different possessed artifacts attacking the three is no impressive feat. As a horror movie, the three girls’ being frightened throughout the night is slightly entertaining but relies heavily on jump scares. While they do come close to facing death, for example Judy being attacked by a werewolf ghost creature and Daniela being possessed by the demon in the wedding dress, and Mary Ellen being slashed up by said wedding dress demon, their frantic cries for help were left unheard. With their combined efforts, the girls escape the night unscathed and are capable of trapping Annabelle back into her glass case.

Annabelle Comes Homes is not all just an empty scare. Due to Daniela being a supernatural enthusiast after the death of her father, she ended up being the catalyst for the night. While she did help release Annabelle from her prison, Daniela also added a small subplot that helped Judy realize she does have friends. And by the end of the movie, Daniela learns to stop blaming herself for her father’s death. The movie overall ends with this happy note.

Annabelle Comes Home is not the best movie to take your date to if you want them to get scared, but it is entertaining for the short hour and forty-six minutes.

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