Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.
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The ending is a bit rushed and sort of falls short, but the first and middle acts (especially the middle one) are pretty good. Great atmosphere, good acting and some decent jump scares. Plus it's a MASSIVE improvement on the first installment. I'm sold. Liked it a lot.
To think that a *prequel* of a *spin-off* can be near as good as the original film. An exception that sometimes, unoriginality and uncreativity of Hollywood can still result in a good time at the movies. The key here is by employing a director who know his horror, and David F. Sandberg just screamed to the world that LIGHTS OUT were no fluke and he now join the ranks of A-list horror director.
Horror is The simplest genre to be good in, so the fact that these keep looking like Ghost Whisperer episodes is a shame. This uhm..franchise spinoff is one of the most boring offenders. Carnival-ride-ghost-train, you can almost see the tripwires that trigger boos. 2 stars for when it ups the threat (a good scene involving a covered well & footsteps + when you actually see how the demon looks[dinner table scene])
Such an improvement on the original (and be honest no one saw it coming, did you?), that 'Annabelle' quite rightly seems to have blossomed into a legitimate franchise of her own. It seems the people behind this one actually sat down and really thought about the wealth of backstory they had here and made a really good horror. What with rediscovering 'Chucky' and enjoying this... maybe, the demonic dolls are back?