Noooooo! The first Annabelle movie was bad and this one is slightly better but still a tiresome exercise in poor writing, uninspired direction, lame acting and whole lot of tired jump-scares. The script is full of inconsistencies and is basically at service of a string of second hand scare scenes. Compared to the Conjuring 1 & 2 (which got most things right) this is as inept as it can be. Stay clear and stay happy.
Admittedly, there are some really striking visual elements in play here: Miranda Otto's porcelain mask. A room wallpapered in bible pages. A scarecrow out of your worst nightmares. Unfortunately, none of these compensate for a story that lacks clarity and well-defined rules for its titular villain to abide by resulting in a film that tries to be everything at once. So much more could have been done with so much less
40/100 (Sonu ve oyuncak bebeğin görünümü dışında oldukça berbat bir film. Sinemada izlemediğim için kendimi çok şanslı hissediyorum. 7-8 yaşındaki veletlerin 30-40 yaşlarındaki yetişkinler gibi davrandığı filmler bitene kadar yerin dibine gömeceğim bu tarzı. Filmdeki "Şeytanın kapı açmada zorlanması" gibi mantık hatalarına sıra gelmesine gerek yok. Rezalet bir pazarlama yüceltmesi filmi.)
Nothing original but I love it. Mostly because the house is genuinely eerie: the stained-glass windows, the mini rope-operated elevator, the mechanical chair, the creaky wooden floor and cold dimness, they strongly remind me of my grandparents and great grandparents house, which left unoccupied after they died.
Could this actually be deemed an origin story? I'll wait for Annabelle: Creation of Creation. Sandberg has an adequate talent for space, but there are like 6 characters in this film and we hardly know any of them. All the scares rely on sound mix suddenly getting pushed to the max, obviously.
Sandberg not only has a chance to improve on the very dull first Annabelle take but at a same time remakes his own lame Lights Out feature film, two remakes, tweaks on a same film. it does have some nice atmospheric build up, both the director and DP know their euro horror and pay some nice tribute and homage to the genius Bava. but in the end it is nothing we haven't seen before, better crafted and more effective.