Review: Annabelle (2014)
Annabelle is connected to the James Waniverse, which is really the only reason I gave this a shot.
I have never been interested in dolls as a horror villain. I don’t particularly think they are scary; they are, however, creepy. So it makes sense.
James Wan produced this film, didn’t direct, and while the film is interesting in that it connects to his other superlative films, it lacks some of the charm, character work, and originality that make me love films like The Conjuring.
The origin story of the Annabelle doll was the most memorable part of the movie. That was surprising, specific, and unique – to a degree. From there it became somewhat standard. By the end I was checking my phone and ready for it to have its third act.
I didn’t feel connected to the “victims” of the haunting like I normally do in a Wan film. When it came time to worry if they were going to make it out I couldn’t really be bothered.
Dolls are creepy, the movie really isn’t. If you want to “complete” the Waniverse, check it out.