Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Annabelle Doll: Scary!

Annabelle, the movie prequel to The Conjouring was a pretty good movie if you aren't watching for the sole purpose of being scared out of your wits. The story of how the doll becomes possessed takes place in 1970 and the movie scenery and lifestyle of that time is portrayed really well, even showing the lead character and doll owner, Mia, watching TV shows of the era as she performs her housewifely chores while awaiting the birth of her first baby.

I won't spoil it in case you haven't seen the movie, but the evil possession of the hideous-to-begin-with doll involves demon worship, violence, blood, murder and suicide. That's pretty much all you get for bloody violence, but the creep factor is definitely there in evil spirits roaming around the house, pursuits by demons, music and camera shots that tease you into expect a scare.

There are a couple of funny scenes such as the scene where Mia is presented with the Annabelle doll by her husband, John. She's touched by his thoughtfulness as she's been searching for this exact doll to complete her collection. It's got to be one of the ugliest dolls ever made, but Mia fawns over it like it's the molded image of Grace Kelly. Check out the Raggedy Ann doll the movie is based on which is imprisoned in Ed and Lorraine Warren's Occult Museum.

Another funny scene is when the doll or demon starts a fire in the kitchen of Mia and John's apartment while Mia is home alone. All four burners of the stove turn on high igniting a container of Jiffy Pop until it bursts into flames and quickly spreads beyond the stove area. The funny part is that Mia is in another room, but would have smelled the fire long before it got to the stage where she had to try running for her life. Who doesn't smell burning popcorn long before it sets the kitchen on fire? 

I was pleased with the high quality of this movie.  Keep those scary doll movies coming!

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