Annabelle – Review
So I went to the cinema and watched Annabelle last night. Being a fan of any spooky movie and having enjoyed The Conjuring (Annabelle is the prequel to The Conjuring) I was looking forward to a good scare.
I’m pretty sure most of us are aware of the story but for those who aren’t, the film centres around a likeable couple with a new baby who become the proud new owners of a possessed doll – Annabelle.
The film is a slow burner. It’s making an obvious effort to set up its characters and have some semblance of a story-line we ‘care’ about it. It’s not full of cheap scares or obvious CGI. For instance the doll never blinks her eye or looks round in a coquettish way – it’s just not that kind of film.
But is it still scary? Yes-ish.
There were two scenes in the movie that I found kinda frightening. The rest was more unnerving rather than flat out fear. It’s all pretty standard.
There was tension though and I’d credit some of this to composer Joseph Bishara (the man responsible for the shit scary Insidious soundtrack). The music was great, shocking and even if nothing eventually happened, you still expected it to and thus felt scared – mission accomplished.
The film mixes a few different types of scares, we have the usual demonic “I want your soul” 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. As previously mentioned the couple and their baby were all likable (even if the parents were a bit twee and perfect). The baby, well she was just adorable. I’m not even a ‘baby person’ but even I thought she was quite sweet.
And to see this little girl and her nice parents under threat from real life violence, well, I felt sorry for them and thought to myself in a grown up voice ‘well that’s not very nice is it’. But it all added to the film, so it was clever really. At least the makers aren’t just rolling out the same old crap.
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?!