Annabelle (2014)

Directed by John R. Leonetti.  Written by Gary Dauberman.  Starring Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard, Ward Horton, Tony Armendola, Brian Howe and Eric Ladin.

Plot: a man gives his wife a doll that soon becomes possessed.

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In 1967 Santa Monica, John (Horton), gives his pregnant wife, Mia (Wallis) a doll as a gift.  Then, that night, their neighbors are murdered by cult members who end up breaking into their home as well.  Both John and Mia are injured, but Annabelle, one of the cult members, kills herself while holding the doll in her lap.  After returning from the hospital, Mia no longer wants the doll and John throws it out.  But somehow, when they move into their new home after the birth of their daughter, Leah, they find the doll inside one of the boxes.  Since it was a gift from John, Mia decides to keep it instead of trying to get rid of it again.  And that’s when most of the trouble starts.  Mia starts having visions of demons and of Annabelle herself and she also meets Evelyn (Woodard), who starts helping her with the visions and life in general.

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This movie had some genuinely disturbing parts.  The demon is nasty and there were plenty of jumpscares for those people like us that enjoy that sort of thing.  The effects were amazing.  The Freddy Claws was nice.  And the direction was awesome.  DJ’s only complaint was that he didn’t really like Mia.  I mean, who names their child Leah when their name is Mia?  Overall, he liked the movie a little less than I did.  But not by much.  We both still recommend.

My score: 71.  DJ’s score: 57.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

-John 15:13

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