Annabelle (New Line Cinema/ Warner Bros. 2014)
SPOILERS for a week old movie. You have been warned.
|...because every town has a bookstore with a well-stocked occult section.|
I dared venture into the outside world to see this movie. I try to avoid humans at all costs. This kinda sorta prequel to last year's The Conjuring succeeds as a vintage feeling Horror movie. No nanosecond camera angle edits. No product placement. The couple are downright square, a refreshing contrast to most of these period piece movies. Many of these would make the couple more “1969” than people in 1969 actually were. The couple, a man entering his medical residency and his pregnant wife, are churchgoing folk who are concerned with the changing times. Things like not leaving your door unlocked, the changing tide of the culture, so on and so forth.
The wife collects boring ugly vintage dolls for her unborn child, which makes no sense since they don't know whether or not the child is going to be a boy or girl. Her square husband, who has unusually straight bright white teeth for the era, finds her the doll she was looking for...the creepy doll that would come to be known as Annabelle. Things hit the fan when some Satanic hippie cult break into the next door neighbor's house and murders the couple, coming over to the square couple's house afterward to do the same. The cops arrive at the last minute and shoot the Satanic hippie chick, whose filthy smelly hippie blood makes the doll evil, along with probably giving it STDs from all of that free love.
So the doll does all kinds of crazy shit since it is possessed by the spirit of some filthy hippie chick or whatever. The squares get their local priest involved, who does what he can to help. Major props to this film for not showing the doll move at all. That is way scarier to see it moved without it moving. The mind plays tricks on you that way. Kudos should also be given for the head of the doll not spinning around and also for the priest not getting killed. So many of these Horror films show the priest getting killed and it is a tired cliché. The couple also remain churchgoing at the end, which also seems refreshing in this type of film. The air of normalcy makes it seem abnormal.
All in all this was a pretty enjoyable movie that “got me” a few times. Good job!
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4.25 out of 5.