Set in the late 1960′s, in a small Californian community where everyone goes to church on Sundays and no-one locks their doors, Annabelle is a story of a young married couple John (Ward Horton) and Mia (Annabelle Wallis).
Mia is heavily pregnant and her husband gifts her with the large sized doll. Mia is a doll collector and this doll is the one she wanted to complete her collection.
Before Mia gives birth, the kindly elderly couple next door is murdered by their wayward daughter Annabelle and her boyfriend.
As the story progresses, intruders break into John and Mia’s house and in all of this Annabelle’s boyfriend is shot dead by the police and Annabelle slits her own throat while clutching the doll.
The understandably rattled couple quickly moves into a creepy apartment building in Pasadena, but the shift in locale doesn’t prevent things from inevitably going bump in the night.
The doll, which John had dumped in the trash, makes a miraculous reappearance in one of the moving boxes and assumes a place in the infant’s bedroom.
Although we never see the doll orchestrating any of the mayhem and remains immobile throughout, Mia is soon subjected to a series of increasingly terrifying events. Mia fells that they are being haunted by a ghost.
Eventually they call in the neighbourhood priest (Tony Amendola) who, helps them get rid of the evil around them.
Annabelle is scary and a lot of the credit should go to it’s background score and crisp editing. The only thing that disappoints you in Annabelle are the dialogues and an abrupt ending.
The last ten minutes of the film is a huge dampener as it leaves you confused with the entire moving watching experience.
What’s great about Annabelle is the fact that the director John R. Leonetti and producers Peter Safran and James Wan have taken a low-rent approach, with a cast of unknowns with a dash of some superlative performers by Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton and Alfre Woodard.
Annabelle, the prequel to last year's The Conjuring, is scary, is creepy and is all about a doll and some bone chilling moments. Set in the late 19...2.5