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‘Annabelle’ (2014) Film Review

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

Reviewed by Jesse Miller

MoreHorror.com

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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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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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 20 Pairs of Guaranteed Anytime Passes to ‘The Conjuring’ Prequel ‘Annabelle’

21 October 2014 7:33 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 20 pairs of guaranteed anytime movie tickets up for grabs to “The Conjuring” prequel “Annabelle”! Pick your own local movie theatre and time throughout Chicago(land)!

Annabelle,” which opened on Oct. 3, 2014 and is rated “R,” stars Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton and Alfre Woodard from writer Gary Dauberman and director John Leonetti. The film is produced by James Wan (“Saw,” “The Conjuring,” “Insidious: Chapter 2”) and Peter Safran and is executive produced by Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter and Hans Ritter. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated film.

These anytime Hollywood Movie Money passes are valid now at Chicago(land) theaters through Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. These passes are valid at most commercial chains (excluding AMC) and some independent cinemas. These passes will be snail mailed to our winners. Directions are on the back of the passes where »

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The Conjuring 2 pushed back to 2016

21 October 2014 4:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It was a surprise smash hit last year, but Warner Bros. has announced that the sequel to The Conjuring has been pushed back from its planned 2015 release date to an unspecified date in 2016.

The movie’s spin-off/prequel Annabelle was not a hit with critics when it was released a couple of weeks ago (read our reviews here, here and here), but it did gangbuster numbers at the box office with a worldwide total of $166 million against a reported $6.5 million budget.

There is no word on why The Conjuring 2 (which at present does not have an official title) has been pushed back, but the October 23rd 2015 now remains open for Warner Bros. who have not announced a movie to take its place. Chad and Carey Hayes, who wrote the original, will pen the sequel but no director has been announced. Unlike Annabelle, The Conjuring 2 is reported to follow the further »

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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.

Synopsis:

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. »

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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.

Synopsis:

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: Dull doll debacle disappoints

7 October 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: John R. Leonetti; Screenwriter: Gary Dauberman; Starring: Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard; Running time: 98 mins; Certificate: 15

Want to know what's really scary about Annabelle? Its staggering lack of imagination. This prequel to last year's impressive hit The Conjuring has clearly been cobbled together quickly to capitalise on its predecessor's success and make a quick buck. It consists of a dismal procession of lazy shock tactics that pummel you into derision.

The uninvolving storyline plants sinister-looking doll Annabelle, as seen in The Conjuring, into the lives of a young couple after she's given as a present by dullard husband John (Ward Horton) to his pregnant wife and doll enthusiast Mia (Annabelle Wallis). Before long, she's being terrorised by a satanic cult and demonic forces, with the doll being an ever-present figure despite being discarded – and then bizarrely embraced again by Mia in a baffling move.

There's very little substance to this dreadful movie, »

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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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Review: Annabelle

6 October 2014 12:05 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

A creepy doll that no one would ever convincingly be comfortable keeping in their home (no matter what the reason) first arrived in James Wan’s smash-hit, The Conjuring.   Directed by John R. Leonetti and penned by Gary Dauberman, The horrifying doll now has a film of her own called Annabelle.  While Annabelle does provide some impressive jump scares, the spin-off film doesn’t match up to the source material.  Between satanic cults, creepy dolls, an effective score, solid jump scares, and a somewhat predictable storyline; Annabelle has everything that makes a horror movie fun.  However, it’s the hap-hazard execution of these elements that limits Annabelle from meeting the high bar set by The Conjuring.  Perhaps it’s unfair to compare the two films, but much like comparing a sequel to the original, it’s a necessary and natural judgement.

Everything about Annabelle feels unnecessarily rushed. The film follows »

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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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Four new clips from The Conjuring spin-off, Annabelle

6 October 2014 8:56 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having terrified audiences across America over the weekend, The Conjuring spin-off/prequel Annabelle is set to debut in the UK on October 10th. And we’ve got four new clips from the movie.

Read our review here and check out the clips below:

They Won’t Stop:

Falling Books:

Sewing Machine:

Demons Use Conduits:

Annabelle took an impressive $37.5 million over the weekend in the Us, impressing Child’s Play creator Don Mancini who has said he would like to have a showdown between Annabelle and Chucky.

John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists »

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Gone Girl nabs top spot at the box office from Annabelle

6 October 2014 8:42 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Annabelle couldn't scare off Gone Girl at the weekend box office.

The Fox thriller starring Ben Affleck as a man whose wife goes missing overcame the Warner Bros. possessed-doll horror movie with a $38 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Both films join the recently released The Maze Runner and The Equalizer in crossing the $30 million mark this fall, a typically low-earning season at the box office.

"It was virtually a photo finish," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. "These two movies couldn't be more different. It shows how if the marketplace presents a diversity of product, audiences will come out. It's the third and fourth $30 million debut of the past two weeks. It's been a great post-summer run."

Gone Girl is based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn and was directed by The Social Network and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button filmmaker David Fincher. »

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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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New Annabelle Movie Delivered Great Thrills,Suspense,Drama & More

4 October 2014 8:54 PM, PDT | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.) released their new horror/thriller flick, "Annabelle," into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out, and thought it was very entertaining, serving up some major suspense and thrilling moments. It stars: Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton. In the new flick, happily married couple, Mia and John, are expecting their first baby. And everything just seems so happy go lucky. But little by little that quickly changes, starting with Mia hearing screams from the neighbor's house after an apparent stabbing murder takes place. Shortly after that, Mia and John get attacked by the same man and woman who killed their neighbors. The police arrived and shot them both before they could kill Mia and John. Then later on, it was revealed that the girl was Annabelle Higgins and the dude was her boyfriend. They were both involved in some twisted demonic cult. Annabelle died with »

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Best and Worst of 'Annabelle': 'The Conjuring' this is not

4 October 2014 10:24 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Annabelle" is haunting theaters this weekend - so is it worth being spooked by? Critics haven't exactly been kind to the "Conjuring" prequel/spinoff (as of this writing it stands at a lackluster 28% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), but with the benefit of its blockbuster predecessor audiences are expected to come out in droves regardless. Directed by James Wan's longtime cinematographer John R. Leonetti and starring Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton as a couple beset by strange occurrences seemingly triggered by an eerie ventriloquist puppet, the film should have no problem reaching $25 million over the three-day frame - not too shabby for a flick that cost only $6.5 million to produce. But does "Annabelle" merit your time and money? Decide for yourself by checking out my list of the best and worst elements from the film in the gallery below. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Ward Horton Interview Annabelle

4 October 2014 1:14 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

I recently caught up with Ward Horton, who stars in new creepy as f$%K doll horror, Annabelle. We shot the breeze about The Wolf Of Wall Street, creepy dolls and real spooky stuff happening on set. Incidentally, something spooky happened during the interview as well which nearly caused me to get a change of underwear. Annabelle is released Now in the United States and October 10th Ireland & UK To listen, take your pick from below TuneIn App Users Click here – iOS / Android / Windows Phone Stitcher Users Click here – iOS / Android Subscribe on iTunes – Click here (Click view in iTunes and the click Subscribe) If you’re already a subscriber, the latest episode is ready to download. iPhone / iPad Users– Click here to open your iTunes podcast app and click Subscribe! Direct Download from the podcast tab on the right of the screen »

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

3 October 2014 9:10 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com 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 »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'Annabelle' Review Roundup: Horror Film Gets Mixed Reviews

3 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Annabelle, the prequel to The Conjuring, travels back in time to the titular doll's earlier haunting of an unsuspecting household.

Directed by The Conjuring cinematographer John R. Leonetti, Annabelle follows expecting newlyweds Mia (Annabelle Wallis) and John Gordon (Ward Horton) after the husband proudly presents his wife with a doll she'd long been searching for. After placing the new doll in the nursery, terrible things start to occur.

'Annabelle' Reviewed

Critics expecting something as fresh as The Conjuring were sorely disappointed by the second installation starring the sinister toy. Annabelle has been accused of offering up cheap, expected frights that don't go much beyond cliche. Yet, others have found the film to be a successful spinoff of it's truly chilling predecessor. Furthermore, Alfre Woodard and Wallis are praised for their performances, as is Leonetti for his direction.

"Annabelle" is rather a guided tour of the era's possession-saga aesthetics: old-school wide shots, »

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