Film Review: Annabelle

Dolls have always been a fear of many people around the world, but a doll named Annabelle can make every person get a chill down their spine. The horror movie Annabelle was released worldwide on October 3, 2014 and is directed by John R. Leonetti. The movie is a spin off of 2013’s The Conjuring. 

The movie is about a young married couple around the ’60s/’70s that is expecting a child and the husband (John) being a nice guy, buys his wife (Mia) a new creepy doll for his wife’s weird doll collection.  Slight spoiler alert, so beware; early in the movie two craze cult members come into the couple’s house and tries to kill them. The male of the cult is killed by the police but the female commits suicide with the Annabelle doll in her arms; this was one scene that stuck to me. The event was foreshadowed when Mia was watching TV and Charles Manson’s court case appeared on the screen, giving the audience a heads up that some suspenseful scene was due. After the suicide, strange things started happening in the house like random fires, the doll being moved from room to room and laughter of children. Mia is the one that takes notice on all the events which quickly start driving her insane.

Going into the theater, I was expecting Annabelle to be full of blood and gore. But to my surprise, I got a mind-boggling experience. The movie was more like a thriller and had the audience on the edge of their seat the whole time. Annabelle had a perfect balance of horror and things popping out and scaring you. The movie did not need any excessive blood and gore scenes to make it a great movie. The plot did amazing on its own, but the thing that leaves people in shock is that Annabelle is based on a true story and a real doll! Annabelle is located in the Warrens Occult Museum.

For all you horror fans that do not need blood and guts to satisfy your movie cravings, I recommend this movie!