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    October 24, 2014


    Review: Riding on the success of last year's The Conjuring, it totally makes sense when Warner Bros decided to give Annabelle, one of the most iconic relics in that movie, a spin-off or an origin story at least. While The Conjuring benefits from rosy and glorious reviews for its well set-up story, jolt and tricks; do not expect the same for this one. Annabelle is, in this case, an opportunistic cash grabber that borrows The Conjuring’s name in its marketing push and on its external outlook, but the fact remains that it offers a pale, shallow and uninteresting origin horror story to gulp.

    Annabelle is based on a rag doll of same name which is currently kept along with hundreds others of haunting objects in the paranormal museum owned by the Warrens. Behind the adorable look of the porcelain (used in the movie realm as it instead of being a rag doll), lies a demonic force that hungers for the soul. While the object does exist as part of the integral of The Conjuring, the origin story is fictional. The movie explores the origin and the source of evil that condemns the doll, haunting the Forms wherever they go.

    The recipe for a successful horror movie consists of good story and effectively-made scary moments - and both are not the bragging points for Annabelle. While proven as an integral part of the story, the creepy doll, is not enough to carry the movie, let alone with the burden to re-create the aesthetic and terrifying experience from The Conjuring, leaves Annabelle in an awkwardly familiar situation. Functioning like a B-rated horror flick, Annabelle is often comes out short in providing an enjoyable flick – mostly due to the predictable, undistinguished, and uninteresting story it tries to offer. On the technicality aspect, Annabelle is still finding itself doing an excellent job by occasionally surprises unwary audiences with jolts and creeps.

    As much as I wanted to like Annabelle, the movie is not at all impressive. Given the amount of effective shocks, the movie saves itself from total abysmal, but the condition of the story makes it at times, unbearable to watch. C

    Numerical Rating (In case you are also interested):
    Story: 2.0
    Casts: 3.5
    Cinematography: 4.0
    Effects: 4.0
    GREEN-TEA-O-METER: 10.9/20.0


    Info Dashboard:
    Casts: Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard, Tony Amendola, Eric Ladin,
    Distributor: Warner Bros.
    Director: John R. Leonetti
    Screenplay: Gary Dauberman
    Rating: P13
    Release date: 2 October 2014
    Running time: 98 minutes
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