annabelle movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This horror film is too terrifying, creepy and bloody for kids. Parents won’t have to worry about sexual content or language for teens, but Annabelle can give anyone nightmares.


John and Mia Form begin to experience a string of supernatural happenings involving a vintage doll after they are attacked by members of a satanic cult.

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Movie details

Director: John R. Leonetti
Cast: Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard, Tony Amendola
Writer: Gary Dauberman
Release Date (Australia): 3 October 2014
Runtime: 99 minutes/1h 39m
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film features horror themes, supernatural threat and disturbing scenes.

Violence (MA15+)

There are depictions of people being attacked and stabbed, resulting in large amounts of blood detail and bloody spatters.

mpaa rating

R (for intense sequences of disturbing violence and terror)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Making it worthwhile for most of The Conjuring fans, Annabelle never lacks moments of ominous terror and heavily focuses on the eeriness of the doll. The amount of negativity towards this story simply isn’t fair. Despite the fact that Annabelle is a horror movie that’ll reasonably just be dropped and forgotten, it’s still a very well-made prequel.

The performances aren’t necessarily memorable, but are undeniably realistic. The cast’s characters provide numerous lifelike moments of screaming, blood and pure fright. Also managing to entertain and execute creepy details, the film’s pacing and camerawork deserves a large round of applause. What were audiences expecting when the terror came along? There’s a slow-moving sense of dread before an excellent amount of jaw-dropping jump-scares!

Although the design is effective and very scary, there’s nothing new other than the similar scares from The Conjuring. It’s also fairly predictable and could’ve used better writing skills. It’s important that you completely ditch your high hopes before seeing this horror film; they’ll only decrease the impact.

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