Movie Name: Annabelle
Direction: John R. Leonetti
Actors: Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton
A young medical student buys a child-sized vintage doll as a gift for his pregnant wife. Before you can scream ‘Chucky’, their run-of-the-mill existence is ripped asunder by the malevolent entity.
A none-too-exciting prequel to last year’s overrated The Conjuring, Annabelle plunders elements from its genre predecessors including the Child’s Play series featuring that demonic doll. Cinematographer turned director John R Leonetti is obviously also inspired by Rosemary’s Baby (1968).
Set in late ’60s California, the film begins in genuinely creepy fashion. A neighbouring family is slaughtered and the murderous cultists temporarily invade the young couple’s home. The hapless pair relocates to a new apartment, but the spooky moppet seems to be there as well. Fearing for the baby, the parents seek the guidance of an occult expert and the family’s religious advisor. But the goings-on tend to become monotonous. The thunderous soundtrack is unimpressive. Ditto the performances.
Not sufficient scares to affect your sleep pattern.