The original Conjuring movie was released in 2013. The following year, Annabelle, the first connected film came out in theatres. Technically, Annabelle is a prequel to The Conjuring. It is set in 1969. If you watched The Conjuring, you know that the demon experts in that film, the Warrens, had a connection to the super creepy doll, Annabelle.
Oren Loni’s Movie Summery of Annabelle
The movie revolves around the young coupe, John and Mia Form who are about to become first time parents. Delighted about the pending arrival, John buys his wife and antique doll for her collection of antique dolls.
The doll itself doesn’t seem like anything all that special other than it happens to be one that Mia has been coveting for some time.
It isn’t long before a scream wakes the young couple up in the middle of the night. John races over to the neighbor’s house to find out what’s wrong. The next time you see him, he’s covered in blood and yells at his wife to call the cops.
What she doesn’t know is that the soul of one of the murders didn’t move on like it’s supposed to. It actually entered the newly acquired doll, turning the innocent toy into a terrifying and blood thirsty monster. And it doesn’t matter how hard the couple tries to get rid of Annabelle, the doll keeps coming back.
Oren Loni’s Thoughts Regarding Annabelle
As someone who loves horror movies, and who often thinks that the cheesier they are, the better, I have to say that I loved Annabelle. The genre isn’t meant to bring its fans gripping drama or stellar acting. The purpose is to entertain and scare. This film accomplishes that.
No, Annabelle isn’t original. Far from it. Anyone familiar with the horror genre will recognize the not so subtle homages to some of the greatest horror films, including Rosemary’s Baby and the Exorcist. While this drove the critics mad, I’m okay with that. I felt that the way the director pieced the different aspects together worked, and also helped me feel more connected to the film
What bugs me about Annabelle is that Ed and Lorraine Warren aren’t represented in it. Since Annabelle was obviously a big part of not only their life, but also helped give them supernatural street cred, it seems that they should have been seen during the film. The fact that this prequel aired after the Conjuring makes their absence even more puzzling.
One of the things that I really noticed about Annabelle was the film work. The final product has a much more polished appearance than most horror films. I suspect that this is because it was directed John R. Leonetti who has the distinction of being the cinematographer on The Conjuring. He took his experience and not only created a film that is smooth, but also makes the best use of creepy angles, shadows, and forced point of view shots.
Annabelle won’t go down in the history books as a great movie, but I believe its better than it’s reputation implies. I think it’s a good little film.