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Annabelle Comes Home My Review

Updated on June 21, 2020

Annabelle Comes Home (2019) review

I love horror movies! I love gore, I love chase scenes with psychopaths, and I love being scared out of my mind! On the other hand, I don’t like horror movies because they make you wait. Nowadays it is a cliche for this genre. I hate those long drawn out sequences that ultimately lead to very little payoff. It happens too often in horror today and it seems like lazy filler to me.

That being said, this film actually didn’t use the drawn out scenes too much. They were there, of course. It wouldn’t be a horror movie without it, but it wasn’t overused. That’s a big plus in my book. The story was pretty interesting, and the unique twist that occurs in the second half of the film made it very entertaining.

Annabelle Comes Home (2019) was written and directed by Gary Dauberman. It stars McKenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Katie Sarife. Ed and Lorraine Warren are psychic demonologists that collect relics and artifacts possessed by demons. They have found the doll Annabelle and bring her home to their private collection where it is sealed so the demon cannot escape. Warren's daughter Judy is left alone with her babysitter Mary Ellen. While Judy’s parents are away, a friend of Mary Ellen’s comes over and accidently releases Annabelle, who wakes all the other demons in their collection. Can they stop the evil doll before it kills them all?

I expected to hate this movie and I didn’t. The plot was interesting and kept me engaged. It was a little slow paced in parts for my taste, and the acting was nothing too special. The big saving grace in this film for me was the unique idea that there is this room full of caged demons, each with their own history of hauntings and murders, and they all get released at once. There were some very cool moments with the characters interacting with the different demons and their relics. It was very cool, something I have never seen in a horror movie before.

It was a good horror flick, but I still feel like this genre needs to try and stay away from the boring cliches and work a little harder to be original. And when someone does come up with something original, let's not make twelve sequels after it. If you like horror these days you will love this film. If you are more cynical about modern horror like me you will still enjoy this film, despite the reminders throughout it of what is wrong with the genre these days.

Film trivia

  • This film had a budget of 30 million dollars and the worldwide gross came to 231.2 million dollars.
  • This film was released on June 26, 2019 and distributed by Warner Bros.
  • The movie was filmed in California and Georgia.
  • James Wan stated that this movie picks up right after the Warrens took the Annabelle doll in the first Annabelle movie.
  • This is the third movie in the Annabelle series and the seventh in the Conjuring Universe.
  • The real Annabelle is at the Warrens' Occult Museum in Monroe, Conneticut and is kept in a glass case with warning signs. Unlike the doll in the film, it is a Raggedy Ann doll.
  • The movie is dedicated to the real Lorraine Warren, who passed away two months before the films release.


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