Movie Review: Annabelle

Kassidy Ingram, Columnist

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The Conjuring was released in the United States July 19, 2013. This supernatural horror film grossed over $318 million worldwide, making it one of the highest grossing horror films of all time. Due to the popularity of the film, a prequel was released Oct. 3, which tells the story of one of the possessed items that Ed and Lorraine Warren, the main characters from The Conjuring, had kept from one of their many supernatural experiences. The film explains the origin of a possessed doll, Annabelle, and how it tormented the Gordon family before it made its way to the home of the Warrens and their supernatural collection.

Let me just say, I am not a fan of horror movies. At all. So this was not my first choice when I decided to go to the movies this past weekend. However, I thought it would be a good idea to try and get over my “irrational” fear of scary movies with this film, Annabelle. I had seen The Conjuring and it wasn’t that bad; so I figured, this one couldn’t be that scary either, right? Wrong.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t see the whole thing because I had my eyes covered the majority of the time, but from what I could see, it was terrifying. It starts out the same way as The Conjuring: with two girls and a boy explaining how the doll that they had at their apartment had been terrorizing them. Then, once one of the girls explains that her mother had given her the doll and that she was not sure where it had come from, the film backtracks to the late 60’s, and that is where the real story begins. From then on, the movie starts off fairly slow; it shows the loving relationship between the Gordons and gives a bit of insight into how unrealistically perfect their life is. Their relationship may seem perfect, but it is soon to become even more perfect because they are expecting a baby.  With all this perfection in their lives, what could possibly go wrong? Certainly not is the form of a creepy-looking doll that the husband finds and gives to his hormonal wife in an effort to get himself out of the dog house because of a rude comment. Of course the wife is thrilled by this already horrifying-looking doll, and she happily adds it to the rest of her creepy-and-possibly-possessed doll collection. If this doesn’t already sound creepy enough for you, just imagine Charles Manson, demon summoning, the Devil, a weirdly-nice voodoo woman, and tons of overly-dramatic music, and you’ve got Annabelle.

Rating: C+

Maybe I’m bias because of my hatred for horror movies, but I’m a bit tired of the same plot in almost all horror movies. Perfect family, perfect life, perfect hair, perfect everything; but then, something terrible and evil comes along in the dead of the night. At first, they figure it’s nothing, but when a ghost/demon/whatever begins to threaten their lives, it’s a bit harder to ignore. After an hour or so of almost-dying, the supernatural thing is defeated or gotten rid of, and everyone lives happily ever after (but, let’s be honest, they probably need years of psychological help after going through what they did.) Anyway, I suppose, in the end, it did what a horror movie is supposed to do: brought me close to fear-induced tears and made it very difficult to fall asleep that night. Mission accomplished.

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