My Ratings 4/5.
It is said that fear makes our hair grow at an alarming speed; now if this statement is to be taken seriously then by the end of the film Annabelle, a baldy should come out with a decent ponytail on his head.
Yes, the release of Annabelle IS good news for those who aren’t scared of getting scared out of their wits.
As the poster says ‘Before The Conjuring there was Annabelle’.
Annabelle, the star character of this film is supposedly an expensive vintage doll that was introduced in one of the creepiest films of last year The Conjuring (hope you remember).
This film is Annabelle’s back-story, sort of a revelation of its dark dark past.
So Annabelle being the ugliest collector’s item is gifted by the caring husband John to his loving pregnant wife Mia but soon enough Annabelle gets cursed by some blood thirsty Satan lovers.
And since then throughout the length of the film Annabelle successfully haunts and terrorizes this innocent couple – till it gets what it wants!
The basic plot isn’t that unique but what is interesting is how director John R.Leonetti (who was the DOP of The Conjuring and Insidious series) has built up the elements of suspense.
The ticker of a sewing machine, a few innocent drawings by a kid, the uncomfortable flicker of the light-bulbs, the creaks of a rocking-chair, or even an inflated readymade pop-corn foil about to burst; such visuals cleverly juxtaposed with appropriate music have the potential to inflict enough thrill for the panic-lovers.
Decent acting by the main cast, the couple Mia (Annabelle Wallis) and John (Ward Horton) both has done their part well. Even the baby is adorable.
And superb editing by Tom Elkins, the person responsible to bring out the sudden shrieks and the nervous giggles from the audience in regular intervals.
This film will surely remind you of Chucky and Rosemary’s Baby and The Skeleton Key and also a dozen other horror flicks. But still Annabelle is unique as it is probably a combination of all those horror thrillers, blended and battered to perfection.
I would suggest not to expect much though.
Annabelle is neither a masterpiece nor an Oscar winner but undoubtedly an entertainer. And most importantly it scared the shit out of the audience.