Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
Directed By: Gary Dauberman
Starring: Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, and Katie Sarife, along with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga
Synopsis: Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren lock the possessed doll in the artifacts room in their house. But when the doll awakens the room’s evil spirits, it soon becomes an unholy night of terror for the couple’s 10-year-old daughter, her friends and their young baby sitter.
The movie opens with what happened after Ed and Lorraine collected Annabelle at the start of ‘The Conjuring’ and it gave us an insight to how the Warrens discovered Annabelle was so evil. From that moment on the goosebumps were appearing. After the intro we fast forward four years and Ed and Lorraine are leaving for an investigation leaving their daughter Judy in the hands of capable baby sitter Mary Ellen.
Review: Ever since ‘The Conjuring’ came out I was hands down sold on the franchise. You could easily tell it was set up to be a big franchise featuring sequels and spin-offs. The opening of The Conjuring had people talking and wanting to see Annabelle – who made a brief but memorable cameo – have her own story, whether it featured the Warrens or not the fans cried out for it. Fast forward to now ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ is the third movie in the Annabelle series and features the Warrens. This time around Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren are making mere cameos and the focus is on their daughter Judy. Mary Ellen is Judy’s only friend as other kids think she is weird after reading about her parents occupation in the newspaper, the bond between Mary Ellen and Judy is more like big sister, little sister. Mary Ellen and Judy are joined by Mary Ellen’s friend Daniela who has a fascination for the spirit world. She opens up the locked haunted artifacts room and unwittingly unleashes Annabelle and everyother demon in the room.
The movie is full of scares and would be my favourite in the Annabelle franchise. The human characters are all so likeable. Mary Ellen has a crush on a guy named Bob who lives across the street from The Warrens, he steals all the scenes he is in and is a good addition to the cast. We also get a better look around the Warrens haunted artifacts room and get a sample of evil that would be fitting for future entries in the franchise. A highlight for me was ‘The Bride’ she had such a scary entrance and it made quite an impact which made the character memorable. I don’t want to ruin the other Demons that appear but they are all worthy of standalone movies.
Verdihft overall would be turn off the lights and give this movie and maybe some of the other entries a watch. A great movie and memorable addition to the successful franchise.