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|Regie:||John R. Leonetti|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 98 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
Already in the 2013 horror surprise "The Conjuring" the demonic doll Annabelle had a small, memorable appearance. After the enormous success of James Wan's Horror Marathon, the producers of the fearsome doll have now donated their own film. However, it's not the story that can be seen briefly at the beginning of "The Conjuring" that is told, but a story that is detached from it, which despite its direct reference doesn't want to fit into the story established by Wan's film in a very logical way.
Because while the Warrens there had to do with Annabelle in 1968 and have since kept the doll in their occult museum in Connecticut, the story of "Annabelle" seems to be playing in 1969. The origin of the demonic possession of the doll here is also different from the one the Warrens communicated to their interested audience. At the centre of this spin-off is the young couple John Form (Ward Horton) and his pregnant wife Mia (Annabelle Wallis), who are on the verge of experiencing perfect family happiness. To celebrate this, John gives his Mia a rare doll, as the passionate collector has long been looking for. But when Satanists enter their house one night, a real horror trip begins for the couple. They only carry back a few wounds from the attack. But the Satanists have conjured up something terrible, which now resides in the doll Annabelle. And this unimaginable evil will not rest until it has taken possession of a human soul…
"The Conjuring" was not necessarily a prime example of originality. James Wan had stolen his film from several genre classics. Nevertheless, the whole thing worked perfectly and provided some of the scariest moments of the past cinema year. Annabelle" also lacks any form of independence. But unlike "The Conjuring" the puppet horror can't hide this flaw by a dense atmosphere and really effective. Admittedly, there are some quite successful goose bumps moments. But James Wan's cameraman John R. Leonetti, who was allowed to take a seat on the director's chair here, rarely manages to create a really lasting tension.
The somewhat unimaginative sequence of clichés, a leading actress who constantly seems to stagger through the action as if she were half asleep, and the evil who can't seem to decide in which version to terrorize Mia (as a doll, ghostly apparition or demon) make sure that every touch is almost nipped in the bud by real shudders. If you've seen movies like "Rosemary's Baby", "Poltergeist" or the episode of the series "X-Files" written by Stephen King, you won't find anything really surprising and in some moments you'll even be bored.
However, if the sight of a fearsome doll gives you goose bumps, you won't be bothered by the lack of originality and you will be able to get a real creep from this movie. For those who think that a good horror movie consists of more than a few good shock moments or who hope for a similar level of tension as in "The Conjuring", "Annabelle" will surely be a big disappointment for them. Therefore: only worth seeing with some exceptions!
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