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‘Annabelle’ (2014) Film Review

12 December 2014 1:56 AM, PST | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Reviewed by Jesse Miller

Annabelle’ (2014) Film Review

Before The Conjuring there was Annabelle, the story of how this rather evil looking doll came to be possessed and its journey from original owners to the display box seen at the Warrens in The Conjuring.

Yup, the creepy doll - that anyone in their right mind shouldn’t even buy before it was possessed – gets it’s full length film in this shared film universe that got kick started with the successful sequel The Conjuring.

Directed by John R. Leonetti and written by Gary Dauberman, Annabelle starts with happy couple Mia (Annabelle Wallis) and John (Ward Horton) suffering a home invasion by two cultists. The cops manage to arrive on the scene in time to secure the household, but not before one cultist works her mojo on the nearest object – the already creepy doll. Weirdness and terror ensues.

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Continuum: Final Fourth Season Renewal for Syfy Series

9 December 2014 12:33 AM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

After months of waiting, fans of the Continuum TV series finally have an answer to the question, "Will the show be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season?" The Syfy series has been renewed for a fourth season but this will be the final season as well. Six new episodes will wrap the series.

Continuum revolves around a female police officer (Rachel Nichols) from the future who gets caught up in a conflict that spans between 2012 and 2077. The cast also includes Victor Webster, Erik Knudsen, Stephen Lobo, Roger Cross, Lexa Doig, Tony Amendola, Omari Newton, Luvia Petersen, Jennifer Spence, and Brian Markinson.

Here's the renewal announcement from Canada's Showtime channel (where the show originates):

Continuum Continues: Showcase’S Smash-hit Original Series Renewed For A Fourth And Final Season

Six Suspense-Filled Episodes Wrap Up the Award-Winning Series in »


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Annabelle Blu-ray / DVD Release Details

13 November 2014 10:29 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In the late 1960’s, cult activity is on the rise in the Santa Monica area and unfortunately for the young Forms family, it makes its way into their home one life-scarring night. But the Forms move on from the incident, thinking the worst is behind them… not aware that evil lives on in their recently acquired doll. A spin-off prequel to 2013’s The Conjuring, Annabelle comes out on home media this winter.

From Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Annabelle will be available beginning January 20th in a Blu-ray combo pack that includes a DVD and Digital HD copy, in addition to a sole DVD version.

Special Features (via Home Theater Forum):

““Annabelle” Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:

The Curse of Annabelle Bloody Tears of Possession Dolls of the Demon A Demonic Process Deleted Scenes

Annabelle” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:

The Curse of Annabelle »

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Annabelle to Make Her Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD Debut in Early 2015

12 November 2014 11:34 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

When The Conjuring was a big hit for Warner Bros., the studio opted to turn back the clock for a second installment and visit the genesis of that freaky Annabelle doll rather than go the traditional sequel route. That decision has paid itself back many times over, and now Annabelle is set to make her Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on a January 20, 2015 release date.

Annabelle stars Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard, Kerry O'Malley, Brian Howe, Tony Amendola and Eric Ladin, but the real star of the film and draw for moviegoers is the creepy doll. It was produced for roughly $6.5 million and has earned $83.6 million at the domestic box office to date. Factor in overseas business and Annabelle is the hottest demonic doll since Chucky with $244.1 million in gross earnings.

The Blu-ray edition of Annabelle comes packaged with DVD and Digital HD, and will be presented in 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. »

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Annabelle Comes Home to Blu-Ray in January

12 November 2014 10:25 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Warner Bros. has announced that they're bringing Annabelle, the horror movie spin-off from The Conjuring, to blu-ray in January so you can creep yourself out as your own leisure, along with information on what special features you can expect to find on the disc! 


Discover the secret of what she wants when “Annabelle” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on January 20th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Reuniting the filmmakers behind 2013’s hugely successful supernatural thriller “The Conjuring,” “Annabelle” is the terrifying story of where it all began as Annabelle comes to life.

Annabelle” stars Annabelle Wallis (“X-Men: First Class”) and Ward Horton (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) as the Forms; Oscar® nominee Alfre Woodard (“Cross Creek,” “12 Years a Slave”) as Evelyn, a neighbor who owns a bookstore; Kerry O’Malley (TV’s “Those Who Kill”) and Brian Howe (“Devil’s Knot”) as neighbors Sharon and Pete »

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Movie Review – Annabelle (2014)

12 October 2014 10:59 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Annabelle, 2014.

Directed by John R. Leonetti.

Starring Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Tony Amendola and Alfre Woodard.


A couple begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.

Expectations were high after 2013’s superbly constructed horror The Conjuring graced our screen. Unfortunately the prequel Annabelle was a dull and lifeless 98 minutes that I will never get back. A well-crafted trailer (the marketing team behind that deserve every award going) promised great scares and a truly creepy premise. However, the film plods along at a snail’s pace and everything that should be scary is shown in the trailer and has no effect.

After making a brief and terrifying appearance in The Conjuring, everyone wanted to know more about Annabelle and I was looking forward to this prequel. But the film is badly acted, slow and is unable to build the slightest amount of tension. »

- Helen Murdoch

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Movie Review – Annabelle (2014)

8 October 2014 2:38 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Annabelle, 2014.

Directed by John R. Leonetti.

Starring Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Tony Amendola and Alfre Woodard.


A couple begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.

John R. Leonetti is clearly a nice guy and is well liked by the people he works with. Having worked as director of photography on Paul W.S. Anderson’s Mortal Kombat, his nice attitude meant he was given the director’s chair for its sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. And despite that being a critical flop (but financially successful), he was hired to direct the straight-to-dvd feature, The Butterfly Effect 2, nearly ten years later which was once again a critical failure. Since 2007, Leonetti has been working with James Wan in the camera department for titles like Dead Silence, Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 2 and The Conjuring and has done an admirable job. So, »

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Annabelle Review

7 October 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: John R. Leonetti.

Cast: Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Tony Amendola, Alfre Woodard.

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 98 minutes.

Synopsis: After a home invasion by cultists, Mia (Wallis) and John (Horton), find themselves haunted by mysterious goings on. Could the recently purchased freaky doll be the cause of some of these occurences?

Last year The Conjuring became a smash hit as well as being embraced by the mainstream and fans of the genre. It was the return of classic spooky haunted houses. But somewhere in the vast labyrinth of that film was a short tale of a possessed doll. The Conjuring saw paranormal investigators take on the haunted house, but we also got to see one of their previous cases that saw them encounter Annabelle. It was a memorable part of the film, that played on a simplistic level of suggestion. Now Annabele has her own feature film, and let’s face it, »

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'Annabelle' Vs 'Chucky' Movie: Could It Happen?

6 October 2014 10:41 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Conjuring spin-off Annabelle was a hit at the box office this past weekend, pulling in $37.2 million from a $6.5 budget. This performance has surely ushered in a new horror franchise, but another possessed doll isn't taking the competition lightly. Will we see a Chucky Vs. Annabelle team-up movie sometime in the near future?

Child's Play creator Don Mancini thinks so. He definitely wants to see his serial murderer possessed My Buddy doll going up against the ghastly Annabelle in what could be the greatest toy war ever waged. Don Mancini states:

"I am hoping that at some future point we have Annabelle and Chucky team up."

Sadly, we may have to wait a very longtime for this to actually happen.

"I can see that (even) in 20 years from now."

Don Mancini wrote the first Child's Play in 1988, and eventually returned to direct the last two installments, 2004's Seed of Chucky »

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Annabelle Has a Few Tricks Up Her Sleeve: A Movie Review

5 October 2014 3:50 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

*there are some minor spoilers here. Director: John R. Leonetti. Writer: Gary Dauberman. Cast: Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Tony Amendola and Alfre Woodard. Annabelle is a prequel to James Wan's The Conjuring (2013). More of a segway, Annabelle brings a creepy doll out of the closet, from Lorraine and Ed Warren's collection - to the big screen. This Devil doll likes to bring its own group of followers with it, including a few Satanic cultists. Beelzebub is ready to do battle again, in his thousandth film and one couple must seek shelter in Christianity, just to survive. Slowly paced through middle sections and offering very little direct conflict, Annabelle is a creepy horror feature, which might satisfy a few movie-goers. A cursed doll is at the heart of this tale. This large mannequin likes to torment her new owners: John (Ward Horton) and Mia (Annabelle Wallis). This villain will burn popcorn, »

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Annabelle movie review: everything that is wrong with movies today

4 October 2014 2:59 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A yawningly empty movie, the epitome of brainless, heartless, soulless, shameless cash-grab corporate filmmaking. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): The Conjuring did not demand a prequel

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Did you require a movie about the doll from The Conjuring that was so evil that it had to be kept locked up? You did not. And even if you did, I’m gonna take a wild stab — which is taking a bigger risk than Annabelle ever dares — and presume that you did not require a movie devoid of anything that makes a movie even mildly interesting. Bland nonentities — a young couple (Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton) about to have a baby — in 1970 Southern California engage in tedious, unrelated, unenlightening exposition until the obviously creepy doll he gave her as a gift starts doing utterly clichéd horror-movie stuff: slamming doors, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Film Review: Lifeless Doll Horror ‘Annabelle’ Taking Up Shelf Space

3 October 2014 9:10 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – The opening text to “Annabelle” comically clues its audience into the significance of dolls - beloved child play things, and/or vessels for evil spirits, whatever floats your boat.

This spin-off of the mute toy from “The Conjuring” (as later made love to intensely by Marlon Wayans in “A Haunted House 2”) presents a different usage as well, that of taking up shelf space.

Rating: 1.5/5.0

Like second-class beers from booze conglomerates or some Adam Sandler movies, “Annabelle” is most of a dibs on marquee room by the “Conjuring” franchise, the sleeper hit in 2013 not just a sequel but also a restless ongoing lawsuit concerning ownership to its not-so-true story. All of this achieved without the main force of evil, a doll, having to lift a finger. Or, blinking.

Echoing the story of “The Conjuring” in set-up, this spin-off/prequel picks a family from an early 1970s PSA on how »

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Fincher's Latest to Boast His Biggest Domestic Opening Weekend Ever?

3 October 2014 8:16 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Gone Girl' weekend box office: Biggest David Fincher opening weekend ever? (Photo: David Fincher directs Ben Affleck in 'Gone Girl') Directed by David Fincher, Gone Girl is expected to top the North American box office this weekend, October 3-5, 2014, while boasting Fincher's biggest domestic opening ever. Or maybe not — if the demonic doll Annabelle has her say and if one takes into account one pesky but, would you believe it, quite important detail. More on that further below. The $61 million-budgeted mystery thriller Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck — not to be confused with the mystery thriller Gone Baby Gone, directed by Ben Affleck — collected a healthy $1.25 million from Thursday night screenings at 2,370 sites. For comparison's sake: the Tom Hanks PG-13-rated sociopolitical thriller Captain Phillips debuted with $600,000 on Thursday night in early October 2013, eventually grossing $25.71 million on its first weekend out. Now, unlike Captain Phillips, the R-rated Gone Girl is a "family movie, »

- Zac Gille

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Movie Review – Annabelle (2014)

3 October 2014 11:02 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Annabelle, 2014.

Directed by John R. Leonetti.

Starring Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Tony Amendola, Alfre Woodard, Brian Howe, Kerry O’Malley, and Eric Ladin.


A couple begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.

Last year’s unexpectedly fantastic The Conjuring was so suspenseful to watch because director James Wan (Saw, Insidious) took his time building up to some legitimately frightening scenes, and actually told a fairly intriguing mystery. By the time viewers had reached the climax of The Conjuring they had witnessed a slow burn full of subtle scares that overtime escalated into an unequivocally frightening possession scene. There weren’t many cheap scares, the characters felt real, and the danger gradually increased as the movie went on. Essentially, it had some of the best pacing seen in a horror film in a very long time, which resulted »

- Robert Kojder

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'Annabelle': What the Critics Are Saying

3 October 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Annabelle, out on Friday, zooms in on a supremely creepy doll that haunts its cast of unknowns. A prequel to last year's hit The Conjuring (which starred Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga and Lili Taylor and grossed $318 million worldwide), director John R. Leonetti and producers Peter Safran and James Wan depend on Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Tony Amendola and Alfre Woodard to deliver the scares. New Line's horror spinoff — also at the center of a tangled, Conjuring sequel-related lawsuit — is tracking to open to $25 million or better this coming weekend, opposite David Fincher's adaptation of the

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‘Annabelle’ conjures very few scares

2 October 2014 10:53 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written by Gary Dauberman

Directed by John R. Leonetti

USA, 2014


A word of advice: If your significant other loves creepy dolls… run!  And you should always avoid letting a murder doll babysit your newborn child.  Sadly, these aren’t the stupidest things you will see in Annabelle, the prequel to last year’s wildly successful, The Conjuring.  Inhabited by bland characters being terrorized by a bland demon, Annabelle blandly goes where all supernatural horror movies have gone before.  You can count the number of original ‘scares’ on one finger.  Which finger you choose is entirely up to your discretion.

All the things that made The Conjuring such a wonderful surprise have been conveniently reduced to an easy-to-swallow capsule form in Annabelle.  Too bad it’s just a placebo.  You have a satanic cult after an “innocent soul” so they can conjure a demon and do demonic-type stuff.  Of course, »

- J.R. Kinnard

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‘Annabelle’ Review: Pete Hammond On Not-So-Scary ‘The Conjuring’ Prequel

2 October 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Here’s the Two-Minute Drill, Deadline readers: Pete Hammond and Dominic Patten are, for the first time in Deadline’s history, going to review movies and TV shows for us and you. Every day, we’ll have another video review of the shows and movies that matter. In two minutes or less, Pete and Dominic will give you all you need to know about these shows. Today, we feature Pete’s take on Annabelle:

Horror film ‘Annabelle’ is a prequel to 2013’s ‘The Conjuring,’ directed by John R. Leonetti. Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond says the not-scary doll show has left him pining for Chucky in Child’s Play. Annabelle may still draw horror fans in this Halloween month, Pete says, but they won’t be quaking over the scares in this film.

Annabelle’ stars Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Tony Amendola and Alfre Woodard. It is produced by Peter Safran »

- Pete Hammond

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Film Review: ‘Annabelle’

2 October 2014 10:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The scares are cheap but periodically effective in “Annabelle,” a cut-rate spinoff from James Wan’s superlative haunted-house hit “The Conjuring” that (partly) makes up in crude shock effects what it lacks in craft, atmosphere and just about every other department. Designed mainly as a starring vehicle for the eponymous, creepy-as-hell doll (who easily outclasses her human co-stars), this WB/New Line quickie will slake the thirst of die-hard genre fans put out by the abysmal “Dracula Untold.” Mere casual fright fans are advised to wait for the proper sequel, “The Conjuring 2,” due in 2015.

Among the many objects from paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren’s cabinet of demonically possessed curiosities that got their closeups in “The Conjuring,” the indisputable scene-stealer was Annabelle, a pigtailed, rosy-cheeked wooden moppet who looked like Howdy Doody in drag, or Raggedy Ann after a long night in the wrong part of town. Now, in “Annabelle, »

- Scott Foundas

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Giveaway: Win Scary 'Annabelle' Prizes!

1 October 2014 1:14 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

She terrified you in The Conjuring! Now, Annabelle is back and she's ready for revenge! We're celebrating the return of everyone's favorite doll with a new giveaway just in time for Halloween!

Fall is in the air, and so are the screams of a horrified audience as they revisit this classic character, who has been locked away in an occult museum in Connecticut, blessed by a priest who visits her twice a month. Based on a true story, Annabelle recounts how the doll came to be possessed and what led her on a shocking journey that has captivated and mystified even the most strident non-believes.

With the movie arriving in theaters just in time for Halloween, we're giving away some very scary items, including an Annabelle paper mask for all your upcoming trick or treat escapades, as well as a deck of 'glow in the dark' playing cards that may »

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‘Annabelle’ Cast Talks Terrible Gifts at Screening

30 September 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Chinese Theatre in Hollywood played host Monday to a screening of horror pic “Annabelle,” the spinoff to James Wan’s 2013 “The Conjuring.”

The film, based in part on the stories of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, stars Annabelle Wallis as Mia, an expecting mother and doll collector, and Ward Horton as her husband John, a doctor in residency. On the same night that John gives a Mia a gift of a rare doll that she has long been searching for, the couple’s Santa Monica home is intruded by cult members, who perform an occult ritual that leaves the already creepy looking doll ever so slightly creepier.

Wan, whose work as a director includes the “Saw” franchise and the “Insidious” films in addition to “The Conjuring,” talked about how this film franchise interests him in comparison to his other movies.

“For me the biggest difference with this particular »

- Kevin Noonan

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