As with many horror fans, I have been a fan of James Wan since the original Saw. While that movie had some flaws, especially in the acting/script department, the twists were great and it was original. Every movie Wan has done since though has been superior to it in my opinion, and he had his biggest hit ever in 2013 with The Conjuring. One of the most talked about scenes in the film was the opening involving the doll Annabelle, based on a real case of Ed and Lorraine Warren. The segment was so popular in fact that it spawned its own movie, Annabelle.
John and Mia Form (Ward Horton & Annabelle Wallis) are expecting their first child when John comes home with a rare doll Mia has been looking for to complete her collection. But the joy of her new gift doesn’t last long when John and Mia find their home invaded by members of a satanic cult leaving John and Mia injured, one of the cult members killed and the cult woman kills herself while holding the doll and cursing it so terribly the Form’s life will never be the same.
The main thing to keep in mind before watching Annabelle is that it is not The Conjuring. The films are vastly different in every way and just because they are linked they should not be taken as similar. Annabelle is a really fun little possessed doll flick that is made in much more of a B-movie 80s style vibe and it works well. The doll is creepy as hell, the actors all competent, the pacing good and the scares a little typical but still fun. This isn’t the horror movie of the year but a fun fright flick featuring an audience favorite. Nothing wrong with that. The Blu-ray from Warner Home Video is stellar with a great picture and solid transfer even in the many dark scenes. Annabelle is a fun throwback horror movie that is worth the time.
A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.
No special features.
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French (Canada): Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
UV digital copy