Night 11, Annabelle

31 Nights of Horror, Night 11: Annabelle

Three sentence review:

Annabelle had a tough job following up The Conjuring, one of the scariest movies of this century, but even with that in mind it was just turrible, (check out the “true” story though which is totally creepy). Don’t be fooled by the trailer, this movie relies too much on predictable jump scares, and roughly 50,000,000 stale close-ups of the infamous Annabelle doll that incited so much fear after last year’s The Conjuring. However, one of the main reasons I love horror is because it’s so fun to watch in a crowded theater and Annabelle didn’t disappoint in that arena; there were plenty of screams and clapping, and the woman sitting in front of me ran out of the theater in hysterics during the “scariest” scene, which was hilarious.



Night 9, The Conjuring

31 Nights of Horror, Night 9: The Conjuring (releasing on blu-ray October 22!)

Three sentence review:

Supernatural horror is one of my favorite sub-genres, and I’d argue that James Wan’s The Conjuring is the best addition to this category in the last two decades – I mean, it’s Rated R just for scares alone (no gore, just lots of suspense and tension!) Ed and Lorraine Warren, real life paranormal experts previously best known for investigating the Amityville Horror House, finally have their incredible life stories put into the spotlight by the supremely talented Vera Farmigia and surprising horror regular, Patrick Wilson.  Supporting actors Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston are excellent as the Perron’s, a husband and wife who move their entire family into a farmhouse with a gruesome past, and the movie clearly (and successfully) draws influence from retro horror gold like Poltergeist, The Amityville Horror, and the Exorcist.

The real Annabelle doll was a Raggedy Ann doll. Please check out the Warren’s museum page for the true story, it’s awesome.


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