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Annabelle Comes Home movie review: BOO!, there’s still life and scares..Ho Hoo!

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ANNABELLE COMES HOME movie review is here. Released today, the American supernatural horror film based on the legend of the Annabelle doll is a sequel to 2014’s ANNABELLE and 2017’s ANNABELLE: CREATION. The seventh installment in the CONJURING Universe franchise is written and directed by Gary Dauberman who makes his directorial debut. ANNABELLE COMES HOME stars Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, and Katie Sarife, along with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren from the Conjuring Universe. Does it ‘Boo!’ or makes you to boo?, find out in the movie review of ANNABELLE COMES HOME.

Immediate reaction when the end credit roles
No kidding. This ‘doll’ has a purpose – a pledge to connect directly with its iconic 2013 THE CONJURING creator James Wan underlining that fact that there’s still  life and scares left in the series. This is a refined sequel that respects the emotions of THE CONJURING fans and old school horror fans in general.

The Story of ANNABELLE COMES HOME
Demonologists Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren  (Vera Farmiga) bring the possessed Annabelle doll to their home and place her safely behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest’s holy blessing. But on an unholy night, Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on new targets – the ten year old daughter of Warren’s Judy (Mckenna Grace) and her pals.

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Major Highlights
Undoubtedly a sequel that is better than its predecessors in its treatment, environment, love for the genre and connection with the source material. Gary Dauberman in his directorial debut ensures that he first makes an impression amongst the traditional followers and fans with a pious and balanced old school horror that performs the tried, tested but trusted jump scares. The ploy/gimmick to bring characters in tense’ horrifying situations without much effort and making an attempt to explore the myth works. It’s circa 1971 and the movie is in the ‘mood’ to keep the audience guessing and predicting the jump scares they want. Sometimes they get it, sometimes they don’t. The atmosphere and the setting are perfectly designed. Bee Mullins, The Ferryman, The Bride, the Samurai Armour, that Feeley Meeley board game, and of course Hellhound – all the objects in that artifacts room plus the monkey toy, old TV perform their ‘scary’ acts without any disappointment plus there are moments of comic relief courtesy Bob (Michael Cimino). The background score adds to the tension. Mckenna Grace as Judy wins heart with her performance while Patrick Wilson and Lorraine Warren are competent in whatever screen time they get.

Flaws
There is nothing in the name of innovation, trying to be novel. It’s a completely safe continuation of a popular running franchise. Those who are looking for a long term relationship with this franchise provided if they innovate may be disappointed. It’s a speed date where ANNABELLE COMES HOME directly to meet THE CONJURING and does what is required. Next time ANNABELLE should be kept somewhere else ( just an idea to add some innovation).

Final Words
All said and done. If you have loved THE CONJURING wholeheartedly and ANNABELLE is the scary doll in the Warren’s household that has given you goose bumps and creepy feelings while watching her on screen then beware!, she has come back to scare and its ‘fun’.

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