Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Robot Chucky Has Nothing On Demon-Possessed Annabelle - ('Annabelle Comes Home' Review)

Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
Rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃/5

I have been anticipating the return of Annabelle since the trailer was first released. My anticipation and patience were worth it. Annabelle Comes Home is another scary and heartfelt entry into the Conjuring Universe and the Annabelle franchise. And it is always a huge plus when a horror film gives me goosebumps more than twice.

Annabelle Comes Home is the third Annabelle film and the seventh film in the Conjuring Universe. It is directed by David Dauberman (writer of Annabelle, Annabelle Creation, It, and The Nun) who also wrote the screenplay and came up with the story with James Wan. The movie stars Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, Vera Farmiga, and Patrick Wilson.

The movie follows the events when the Warrens' first bring the possessed doll Annabelle home to their Occult Museum to be locked away with all of the other cursed and possessed items the museum holds. But one night, Annabelle is able to take control of all of the evil artifacts in the room and maliciously targets the Warrens' daughter Judy, her babysitter, and her friend.

First of all, I am very impressed with the writer and director Gary Dauberman. This is the man who wrote awesome films that I have really enjoyed and added to my favorites. He also wrote the upcoming film It: Chapter 2 (which I'm watching, solely because of his involvement). Dauberman did a great job of capturing the mood and dread that surrounds the film. The atmosphere is cold, very retro, spooky, and so damn perfect for Halloween and I really hope that they release it in or before October. Besides being scary and unsettling, the movie is also very heartfelt, funny (not cheesy), and has a really good story.

I hope to see a dozen or more movies with Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as the Warrens. They aren't in this movie as much as they are in the Conjuring films, but their presence is dominant and their chemistry is so great and natural that we want to see more of them. Farmiga has this very cool way of expressing sadness, caution, and fright that makes you feel it too. And Patrick Wilson is so likable and enjoyable as Ed Warren. Protect these two at all costs!

I was impressed with all of the actors--really enjoyed the pizza guy--but the three girls we see the most of the film really dominated. Judy, the Warrens' daughter (Mckenna Grace), gives a heartfelt and strong performance that really moved me. And Katie Sarife who plays the babysitter's friend, Daniela Rios, also gave a very heartfelt performance.

I don't want to spoil anything (have no fear!), but I think we will get another spin-off of a new evil entity that's quite freakin' scary, and I think we get a glimpse of the next Warren case that will be the premise of the upcoming Conjuring 3.

The jump scares are good, the comic relief is good, the acting is on point, the atmosphere is perfect, the ghosts and entities are scary as hell, and this movie is what I was hoping for.

p.s. I hope the pizza guy gets a spin-off

Watch Annabelle Comes Home now! And make sure you take a friend or two! It's scary!

Keep it creepy!

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