The following Blu-ray was provided to me by Warner Brothers for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
Annabelle, the creepy little doll has really come a long way over the years. First gracing the silver screen in 2013’s the Conjuring that focused on Ed and Lorraine Warren a couple of paranormal investigators. It was such an interesting evil doll it got its own film, which was actually a prequel to the Conjuring entitled Annabelle. Annabelle performed so well, Annabelle Creation was made as the origin story. And now we have the sequel, Annabelle Comes Home. This, if your keeping track is actually the seventh movie in the Conjuring Universe, and yes Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Wilson.
Annabelle Comes Home open with Ed and Lorraine taking Annabelle from a couple of ladies who told them the doll was evil and violent. Annabelle uses that evil to try and kill Ed but he escapes, and the two place Annabelle in a glass case, that is then blessed by a priest to ensure she doesn’t escape. We cut ahead a few years and the Warrens are heading out and leaving there daughter with a babysitter for a few days. The lady who will be babysitting is named Mary Ellen. Mary unfortunately has a friend named Daniela who is obsessed about communicating with the afterlife. She breaks into the Warrens and starts trying to communicate with her dead father. She also checks out tons of the cursed items they have collected over the years and in the process leaves Annabelle’s case wide open.
With her case open Annabelle begins releasing all of the other trapped evil spirits in the house. An evil tv, phone, piano, you name it. Annabelle begins using all of these spirits to terrorize Mary Ellen and Daniella in the home, which is where the brunt of the film takes place. As its set for the most part in the item room it has a real claustrophobic feel to it.
It’s not a particularly scary or creepy film like some of the films from the Conjuring Universe but it is loaded up with a ton of jump scares. Not heavy on blood just old fashioned scares that manage to stay fresh throughout the films entirety. The film itself clocks in at a little over 90min so it’s a pretty standard horror film that you can watch even if you have not seen the other films in this line. It was a huge hit so I am sure we have not seen the last of Annabelle.
Warner Brothers has done a great job on the transfer. The film has a dreary murky look about it especially in the old collection room and this transfer only helps exemplify that. Bright but never to bright that it would make the film colorful, this looks exactly like an old school possession film only made today. The score is very good and sounds great coming through the speakers only added to the mood of the film.
If you’re a fan of these films then this is another winner for you. If you have never seen one, this is a pretty fun one to check out. You wont be confused as even though it’s a sequel its packaged great as a stand-alone film as well. It’s a fun horror film to watch especially this time of year.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!