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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: 36 out of 83
  2. Negative: 28 out of 83
  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 25, 2014
    10
    tao bom que deve ter o dois com certeza eu acho que foi o melhor filme de terror do ano e o melhor filme de terro porque o filme e muito bomtao bom que deve ter o dois com certeza eu acho que foi o melhor filme de terror do ano e o melhor filme de terro porque o filme e muito bom muito bom mesmo eu recomendo Expand
  3. Nov 2, 2014
    9
    The film Annabelle, is both exciting and scary, while continuously keeping you on the edge of your seat not knowing when the action willThe film Annabelle, is both exciting and scary, while continuously keeping you on the edge of your seat not knowing when the action will surprise you. When it comes to the goal of horror movies, there must be fear instilled into the viewer. Annabelle meets the requirements, it does not shy away from instilling fear into the viewer.
    I found the film to be exciting because you really didn’t know what to expect in the beginning. Comparing it to most horror films, nothing really happens till half way through the movie. Annabelle was exciting because within the first 5 min the plot commenced to build. You knew there was something wrong and it was the excitement building up with the excellent choice of music that kept you on the edge of your seat. Activity was focused on Annabelle the doll but that was not the only possessed object which kept you on the edge of your seat wondering what would happen next and who was going to be next. Although you have an expectation of what the outcome will be the twist of plot adds more to this exciting movie.
    The baby, why do they use a baby?! Using a baby just hits all the nerves in your body. What has a baby done to you? They are innocent. Putting them in the middle of a horror film just gives you the nerves. What’s going to happen to the baby? Great way of pumping up the excitement. Babies usually do unexpected, yet expected things; putting everything in their mouths, crawling to unexpected places, and not being able to crawl out of unexpected places. When they have teenagers in horror movies you can yell at them and tell them to get out of the way and if they don’t you can judge them by stating they were stupid or all of the above. When a baby is in harms way there is no way of yelling at the film to alert the baby; there is nothing the baby can do. Therefore the excitement!
    Scare factor. The random appearance of demons in unexpected locations brings a great scare factor into play. The perfect choice of color when it comes to creating a demon. The typical red face and creepy eyes has been overpassed by a dark grey apparition that you don’t know has been standing in the darkness observing the poor victims. These unexpected demons are placed spontaneously around the scene and the film has you looking at the corners of the picture for unexpected demons to pop out. Then when you finally think you see a demon it jumps out towards the camera and scare!
    Scare factor number two: not only is the couple haunted in their home but they continue to be haunted in new locations. Why? The frustration and fear of not being able to run away from a fearful environment. The frustration and fear of not being able to get rid of an object; like a “harmless” doll. How can you sleep? How do you truly know if you are safe in your home? These concepts within the movie leave a subconscious eariness in your mind so that when you finish watching the movie you start becoming scared of the regular noises in your own home. Are those noises really normal or is there something demonic lurking in the darkness. Not only does the movie scare you while you are watching it, but it will scare you once again when you arrive at home and the lights are off while you attempt to feel yourself around to locate the light switch. The use of regular house hold appliances catching on fire because of a little negligence, has you checking on your oven and stove to make sure your home won’t catch on fire. Excellent way of disturbing our peaceful environment.
    Yet another scare factor. The appearance of figures unexpectedly followed by the perfect theme song. Joseph Bishara, music composer, provides the perfect mixture of notes to make your skin chill. His previous work proves he is the number one choice when it comes to horror films. His choice of “dark music” fits perfectly into the fear concept in Annabelle.
    As a summary of the movie review; yes the movie is scary. Yes it definitely fits in the horror genre. And yes you will be on the edge of your seat, that is if you are not covering your eyes. Great horror film recommended greatly. Do not bring your children.
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  4. WJS
    Jun 13, 2015
    5
    Although it has its moments of creepiness, this is not a very scary movie, and of course, comparison to the much more effective The ConjuringAlthough it has its moments of creepiness, this is not a very scary movie, and of course, comparison to the much more effective The Conjuring is inevitable. The problem here is that it's not very well plotted and the acting is B grade, to say the least. It's a movie desperately in search of a director...and an original script. Expand
  5. Nov 22, 2014
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Giving this a 4 because the scare jumps were absolute rubbish, slender man the game makes me more scared than this price of junk film. the story line was boring and you know what happens in every scene. In the end the doll is kept safe in a glass box the end. Expand
  6. Oct 21, 2014
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. So, basically, if you had any idea that this moving was going to be about a doll, you would be wrong. It is isn't. It's about Helter Skelter with some knock-off wannabe Manson-style cult as the source of all the woes in the film. It's like Paranormal activity, Rosemary's Baby and Chucky had a threesome and their love child was "ANNABELLE"

    So, 3 things that could have made the movie better. 1) NEVER SHOW THE DEMON. I thought that was a given, but apparently I was wrong. 2) PICK A REAL GROUP. Disciples of the Ram? They just wanted to use the Baphomet picture. 3) DON'T MAKE A FAKE CULT SYMBOL THAT LOOKS LIKE A CURSIVE A. When it first showed up, I was all excited, thinking "Oh. That's cool. The demon Zorro-ed an A in her arm, like Annabelle. Creepy." But then it turned out it was some half-assed sigil that was something about soul transfer.

    So that's it. It blows.
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  7. Oct 12, 2014
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. ***SPOILERS***

    This thing of a movie wasn't worth my time. The acting was fine but I didn't like it. Id rather have gone and seen dolphin tale 2 (no shade thrown I want to see the movie) because the story wasn't good or funny (I find some horror movies funny like the conjuring when they were taking the demon out her. Now I'm not a spiritual person or a religious person but im fine when they do it in movies and coming from (and still in) a religious household understand this stuff. Now she should have seen that coming when the father wouldn't look her in the eyes. I hated this moive and don't recommend anyone to see it even if they have free time.

    *SPOILERS***
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