Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 31% (Critics) / 44% (Audience)
Directed By: John R. Leonetti
Written By: Gary Dauberman
Starring: Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Tony Amendola and Alfre Woodard
Studio: New Line Cinema
Synopsis:A couple begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists. – (Source)
There is one scene (and yes there is only one good thing about this entire movie) in this movie that really works where the Annabelle seemingly rises into the air on her own accord and then suddenly the shadows behind her shift and you see that Annabelle isn’t floating but instead she is being held aloft by a demon. That was a really masterful moment of creepy goodness that this movie could have used much more of.
The characters are bland cardboard cutouts, the scares are toothless and far too infrequent, and that doll is not scary in the least. Ugly as the dickens but not all that frightening.
That ending was not just bad but it was insulting and traded on a trope that really needs to be done away with in cinema. And the fact that it involved an actress of the caliber of Alfre Woodard is a damn shame.
Final Verdict:Another in a long line of recent films that really wasn’t screaming to be made. It has none of the style and quality of THE CONJURING (the film it is spun off from) and instead comes across as a low rent money grab.