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Movie review: Annabelle, John R. Leonetti

TIAAN VAN DER WESTHUIZEN

Director John R. Leonetti’s latest horror offering Annabelle disappointed many viewers who watched it solely because of its affiliation to horror hit The Conjuring.

Set in 1967, the plot revolves around new parents John and Mia Form who, after a break-in and suicide by a satanic cult end up in the possession of a demonic doll. The film starts with the same opening scene from The Conjuring, where two young women and a young man are telling ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren about their experiences with a doll called Annabelle.

Annabelle is a spinoff of The Conjuring, a 2013 film that was hailed as one of the scariest movies to date, scoring an incredible 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. The same cannot be said for its prequel however. Although Annabelle made an astronomical amount of money at the box office, becoming the biggest earning horror film of 2014, it received torrential reviews across the board, and looking at the storyline, it’s not hard to see why.

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