Despite being the origin story, Annabelle Comes Home fails to impress its viewers. Annabelle Comes Home is the third Annabelle movie and the seventh film in The Conjuring horror franchise. Gary Dauberman makes his directorial debut with this movie, having written the previous Annabelle films and The Nun.
None of the franchise films of The Conjuring series achieved what the first film did, and the reason was pretty simple: It was totally natural. At the very beginning of the series, it’s evident that the doll called Annabelle is not possessed. Through some dark energy, she’s become a channel for evil forces around her.
The story begins with demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the doll to the locked artifacts room in their home. They placed her “safely” behind sacred chapel glass and enlisting a priest’s holy blessing to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc. An unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle was set free after a year. When the warrens head out on a new case and leave their daughter, Judy (Mckenna Grace), in the hands of trusted babysitter Mary Ellen (Madison Iseman). Mary Ellen’s friend Daniela (Katie Sarife) comes over, determined to explore the secret room for her own reasons. Unfortunately, she awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all threatens them.
Annabelle Comes Home is too generic for hardcore horror fans to enjoy, and seriously lacking in jump scares, which is sure to dissatisfy longtime fans of the franchise. Annabelle Comes Home does not have too much massacre and its ‘A’ rating seems unnecessary. The first half of the movie is too boring and slow, with nothing much to see.
It’s disappointing how director Dauberman underestimates his audiences, at a time when horror has evolved from evil dolls, vampires or zombies. His tricks of choice: horned devils, cursed wedding dresses and moving objects seem too common for the new generation who is too confident or bold.
Watch the Annabelle Comes Home trailer here-