BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Annabelle Reviews
By Dr. Know on October 2nd, 2014
Critic Reviews for Annabelle
For a superior experience, go buy a disturbing-looking doll that says ”Don’t go see Annabelle” when you pull its string.
In horror, there really is nothing new left to discover under the devil moon, so the secret to startling audiences, or at least raising hairs on the backs of necks, lies in deft direction and editing, both missing here.
Where “The Conjuring” was more of a full meal. “Annabelle” just leaves you hungry for more.
Each time a character gets tossed in the air by some manifestation or another, the effect is cheesy. Still, I’ve seen worse.
While the film isn’t clever or original, it is reasonably scary, especially when it knocks off the preliminaries and gets to the good stuff.
The scariest thing about Annabelle is that a film studio would release such a lazy attempt at making a horror movie without any sign of shame.
A haunted doll movie that aspires to class, with means both legitimate and dodgy.
[P]erhaps the movie’s biggest surprise is that it isn’t entirely pointless.
Leonetti’s prequel is about as lifeless and wooden as the Annabelle doll herself, despite trying to mimic James Wan every step of the way.
The most shocking thing about cheap-looking ANNABELLE, the haunted doll prequel to THE CONJURING, is that a major Hollywood studio is releasing it.
Intentionally or not, “Annabelle” reeks of being a cynical cash-grab of the highest order.
once it establishes its patterns, it becomes as predictable as Hollywood’s desire to spin The Conjuring’s $300 million box office into a franchise
It’s all a far cry from James Wan’s The Conjuring, which embraced the thrill of the paranormal even as it respected its frazzled, earthbound characters.
At the end of the day Annabelle is not a bad movie… it’s just not a very good one.
Though hardly the most original horror outing of recent times, Annabelle still racks up a respectable number of genuine scares.
Not only does Annabelle lack the qualities that made the original Conjuring frightfully realistic, this preposterous prequel presents people so deprived of personality and perception that you almost root for the demons.