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ANNABELLE (2014) starring Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, and Alfre Woodard had been touted as both a prequel and a spin-off to the wildly successful horror movie THE CONJURING (2013). Once viewing audiences realize that the movie’s director had previously filled the role of cinematographer for CHILD’S PLAY 3 back in 1992, it doesn’t take long to grasp the notion that we’re in for yet another killer-doll movie. Supposedly based on a true story documented by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, the real ANNABELLE doll still reportedly holds a place of honor in the Warren’s personal museum of oddities back in Connecticut.

After a young couple are subjected to a violent home invasion by members of a satanic cult back in 1969, they begin experiencing unusual and unexplained supernatural occurrence surrounding a collector doll previously gifted from the husband to the wife to celebrate her first pregnancy.

Filled with reoccurring jump-scares designed to jolt audiences right out of their seats, ANNABELLE has very little else to satisfy viewers looking for any measure of a backstory. The doll itself is so obviously creepy, it leaves little to the imagination, and within a few minutes, I found myself wishing that the director had chosen to go with a version of the original Raggedy-Ann doll housed in the Warren’s museum.

Hyped by social media to coincide with the year’s annual Halloween celebrations, this movie will definitely entertain jittery teens, however true horror fans will definitely be disappointed with the clichés and the predictability of the storyline.

Directed by John R. Leonetti, Rated-R, 99 Minutes, Horror, ** 2 stars out of 5. NOTE: If you are interested in killer-dolls, then check out the original CHILD’S PLAY (1988) and let Chucky remind you why this subset of the horror genre is still so popular.  

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin October 17, 2014
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