Twelve years after the tragic death of their little girl, a doll-maker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, where they become the target of the doll-maker's possessed creation, Annabelle.
A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn't get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.
A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her "safely" behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest's holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target--the Warrens' ten-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends.Written by
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James Wan stated that the movie would pick up directly after Ed and Lorraine Warren took the Annabelle doll, in the first Annabelle (2014) movie. Therefore, the movie takes place in the Warren house, along with all the other artifacts. See more »
Daniela stopped knocking on the front door as soon as Mary Ellen and Judy realized that there was someone at the door. After Mary Ellen opens the front door to see nobody there, Daniela appears, claiming to have been knocking on the front door for 10 minutes and that she entered the house through the back door, meaning that Daniela must have ran incredibly quickly from the front to the back door in the time she supposedly stopped knocking to when Mary Ellen checks the front door. See more »
My wife and I are big fans of the Conjuring (and Insidious) universe, having seen every movie in each franchise, and fully admitting there have been some chapters of hot garbage, but we don't care.
This was not hot garbage. In fact, the commitment to capturing the time period, the setup, and the actors, all superbly done.
The fault, however, was it got too messy as things took off, with three sub-spooks going on at any given time, and those spooks all playing a game of Calvinball. Calvinball, in case you don't know the game, is a game where the rules just make themselves up as the game goes on; how do you combat a ghost? A flashlight will do for some, a guitar might do for others. This prevents any tension from really grabbing hold since you don't know the stakes, and because the spooks are told through three different moments, you're left wondering what the other character has been doing all this time? (I've come to terms with the fact that the spooks must muffle everything in the room so nobody outside can hear it).
Other than that, wow. I was expecting a... what is this, a midquel? Whatever, I was expecting the 70th installment of this universe (that wasn't directed by Wan himself) to be crap, and it wasn't. Consider me pleased!
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