Annabelle

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  • Summary: John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple.John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is Annabelle. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 27
  2. Negative: 12 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Oct 2, 2014
    70
    The late-60's Satanic panic and housewifely ennui make for a surprisingly complementary mix of fear and paranoia in Annabelle.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Oct 2, 2014
    60
    Annabelle works enough devil figurine juju to make for a modestly hair-raising prequel to the more satisfying scares of its predecessor, "The Conjuring."
  3. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Oct 2, 2014
    50
    Annabelle is less cluttered with creepy bric-a-brac than “The Conjuring.” (The original director, James Wan, produced here.) But Mr. Leonetti embraces the potential of negative space.
  4. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Oct 6, 2014
    40
    A couple of good jumps but this Conjuring spin-off is led down by poor writing, anodyne leads and and overwhelming sense of familiarity
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Oct 2, 2014
    38
    Annabelle invites unflattering comparisons with scary movies that came before, but its disparate parts never coalesce into a genuinely fearsome thriller.
  6. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Oct 8, 2014
    30
    While it’s possible that Annabelle might give a few audience members goosebumps, anyone who’s ever seen "Rosemary’s Baby" –or pretty much any film James Wan’s had a hand in since helming 2007’s "Dead Silence", the "Saw" franchise excepted – will figure out what’s going on within the first 30 minutes.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Anderson
    Oct 2, 2014
    0
    For a superior experience, go buy a disturbing-looking doll that says ''Don't go see Annabelle'' when you pull its string.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 85
  2. Negative: 28 out of 85
  1. Oct 3, 2014
    10
    Annabelle was a well acted horror movie for once! It wasn't over the top and the story was great. I loved the scares and honestly I thought itAnnabelle was a well acted horror movie for once! It wasn't over the top and the story was great. I loved the scares and honestly I thought it was scarier than the Conjuring which I LOVED. GREAT JOB!! Expand
  2. Oct 26, 2014
    10
    tao om tao perfeito levei tantos sustos que eu perdi até a conta ele é melhor que invocação do mal com certeza e tem que haver continuaçãotao om tao perfeito levei tantos sustos que eu perdi até a conta ele é melhor que invocação do mal com certeza e tem que haver continuação porque um filme bom desse não pode parar nnota 1000 Expand
  3. Oct 4, 2014
    9
    This movie was very good. The main character is a very good actress, and there are some very good scares throughout this movie. Definitely oneThis movie was very good. The main character is a very good actress, and there are some very good scares throughout this movie. Definitely one of the best horror movies I have ever seen. Expand
  4. Jun 21, 2015
    5
    I was expecting much more from this movie.
    Plot without pacing, characters without development and a creepy doll who does nothing. The movie
    I was expecting much more from this movie.
    Plot without pacing, characters without development and a creepy doll who does nothing. The movie is not even scary!

    At the end, it's just a movie that wants to be successful using the success and good rating of "The Conjuring".
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  5. Feb 14, 2015
    4
    Given the late 60's early 70's setting I was hoping for an old-school feeling horror film like the ones from that era. While the visual styleGiven the late 60's early 70's setting I was hoping for an old-school feeling horror film like the ones from that era. While the visual style and poor acting are from that era, the scares are not. It is very much a modern feeling horror movie, and a boring one at that. No more boring than your average non-scary horror movie, but boring nonetheless.

    If anything it might actually help you appreciate the attempts at tension building the average horror duds have, as this movie has none. The slow moments aren't there to build up scares. They're just there and only serve to bore.

    The attempts as frights are served up in the ever predictable form of jump scares. While these types of things do manage to scare some people, as evident by the fact that directors keep using them and making small fortunes at the box office, the more seasoned horror movie veteran is going to be left completely unshaken. This horror fanatic was just left yawning.

    While I appreciate the attention to detail that was used to bring the era back to life I wish more was done to tap some of the influence of the horror movies of that time. That way even if it wasn't scary it would have at least been a decent throwback. As it stands it lacks atmosphere and the ability to instill fear. When you consider that this is a spin-off of "The Conjuring" and has ties to a true story it's even more disappointing.

    I give the movie a 4.3/10.
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  6. Oct 23, 2014
    2
    Annabelle it's the kind of movie that pretend introduce a scary situation with bad storyline and the result is the same over and over again,Annabelle it's the kind of movie that pretend introduce a scary situation with bad storyline and the result is the same over and over again, many jump scares but not an atmosphere to introduce the spectator into the act. At the end, it's just a movie that wanna be successful using the success and good rating of the conjuring. Expand
  7. Dec 3, 2014
    0
    Amazing **** Annabelle iot's an incredible movie to watch if you are retarded or if you have problems of brain. Oh my god, MASTERPIECE!!! 10$Amazing **** Annabelle iot's an incredible movie to watch if you are retarded or if you have problems of brain. Oh my god, MASTERPIECE!!! 10$ for this!!! If you want to destroy your life, then watch it. Fck that shy of movie! .l. Expand

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