Annabelle (2014) – Film Review
So I went to the cinema and watched Annabelle last night. Being a fan of any spooky movie and having previously enjoyed The Conjuring (which Annabelle is the prequel to – with hardly any connection really) I was looking forward to a good scaaaare.
I’m pretty sure most people who are bothered about reading this review are probably aware of the story but for those in the dark – the film centres around a fairly likeable couple (meaning, for once, they aren’t TOTALLY odious) who become the proud new owners of a gross, hideous, ugly and (even better) demonically possessed doll. Yay….
The film is a slow burner. Not sure if this is a good or bad thing. Whilst making an obvious effort to set up characters and have some semblance of a story-line we ‘care about ‘, it’s not full of cheap scares either – and let’s be honest, cheap scares in (kinda) cheap films are usually fun. For instance the doll never blinks her eye or looks round in a coquettish way – it’s just not that kind of film. SPOIL SPORT!!!
Two scenes in the movie I found sort of frightening and there was moderate tension throughout, though I’d credit a lot of this to composer Joseph Bishara (the man responsible for the Insidious soundtrack – and who played the red ‘Lipstick Face’ demon). The music in Annabelle was creepy and effective.
The film mixes a few different scares, we have the usual demonic type stuff. The mandatory priest and dusty old books that must hold the answers! There’s ghostly apparitions and also, perhaps most shockingly of all, real life violence and trauma. Eek!
There’s not much I can negatively say about Annabelle, I enjoyed it, probably won’t watch it again for years. It could have been scarier but it was good enough. The Conjuring was relentless in places, but I felt Annabelle gave the viewer time to recuperate after a major scare. The story was also a bit convenient in places, but we could say that about many, many films, especially horrors.
It wasn’t too long at 99 minutes and all in all it was a pretty decent supernatural film. I would recommend Annabelle but I still believe that The Babadook is the 2014 Halloween movie to really shit your pants to. (See my trailer review here).
I would just like to add one little thing before signing off – WHO in their right mind, would EVER want to buy that HORRIBLE, shitty, creepy doll?