Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her “safely” behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest’s holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target—the Warrens' ten-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends.
While the previous two installments of ‘Annabelle’ focused on developing the history (some might say a confusing history) of the possessed doll, ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ doesn’t require its audience to keep track of a scattered timeline and instead just asks you to sit back and enjoy the ride. With the doll now locked away in a case inside a locked room in the Warren’s home, you would think everything would be fine and everyone would be safe, but when that locked room contains artifacts from every case the Warren’s have worked on, that room becomes a paranormal ticking time bomb.
Although I wouldn’t say ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ is the scariest of the trilogy, I did thoroughly enjoy it. I especially enjoyed the scene in which Daniela is making her way around the Warren’s museum of haunted artifacts, slowly touching and interacting with each piece, knowing that with each interaction there will be terrible repercussions later in the movie. That scene does a great job of building suspense and anticipation, even more so than the actual climax of the movie, I would say. I think that’s because nothing in the movie could compare to your own imagination.
Of course, this is a movie that takes place in ‘The Conjuring’ movie universe which means it brings us new horror “monsters”, and while there are a few in ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ the one that gets the most screen time is “The Ferry Man”. This ghoulish creature resembles a decaying corpse with coins over his eyes. I won’t spoil anything but I will say the scene that had Mary following the coins around the house like E.T. following Reese’s Pieces was very creepy. However, nothing compares to “The Crooked Man” from ‘The Conjuring 2’, in my opinion.
Having the Warren’s museum come to life was a brilliant idea, like if Stephen King wrote ‘Night at the Museum’, and also a great way to close out the ‘Annabelle’ trilogy.
This movie is…
Still holding out for a Chucky vs. Annabelle movie.
Cheers and goodnight.