Annabelle Comes Home is your unapologetic, straight shooter that the franchise needed. Rather than push the boundaries of the horror genre and trying to replicate the success of Get Out, or Us, the film goes back to a tried and tested method; teenagers in peril.
Written and directed by Gary Dauberman, the film is a prequel to the Conjuring but the third of the Annabelle series. The film begins with the familiar faces of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), transporting Annabelle back to their home for ‘safekeeping’. Annabelle is then placed into a glass case where the evil can be contained.
Instead of focusing on Ed and Lorraine yet again, that is the end of their major involvement as we fast forward a year to their daughter’s time at school. Judy Warren (Mckenna Grace) is dealing with stereotypical bullying about her parents’ job with accusations of fraud being published in the local newspaper.
Ed and Lorraine are off on a holiday and leave their daughter with Mary Ellen (Madison Iseman). The situation becomes more complex when you add her in her nosy best friend, Daniela Rios (Katie Sarife). Daniela can’t help but sneak into the forbidden basement, which needs to be blessed weekly to avoid any mishaps… however, Daniela still manages to let Annabelle out of her case.
The rest that follows is exactly what you expected, but the consistent flow of ‘jump-scares’ will keep you thoroughly entertained. Whilst the shift might disappoint some views who are particularly fans of the Conjuring, it will still please your standard horror movie fan.
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