As a prequel to The Conjuring, this film recounts how Annabelle ends up in a sealed glass box in Connecticut’s Occult Museum. Bathed in a vintage hue highlighting green and beige, John and his pregnant wife Mia are portrayed as a young charming couple, whose doll-like prettiness resembles Barbie and Ken. On the night when John gives Mia an antique doll dressed in a white wedding dress, their home is invaded by satanic cultists. Even after they move into a flat downtown with their newborn baby girl, terrifying supernatural occurrences continue to happen. This well-crafted horror has its every thrilling moment carefully calculated. Every shot of deep focus or rack focus is intended to send chills down the audience’s spine. This is when Rosemary’s Baby meets up with Bride of Chucky, minus the elegant eeriness and smooth storytelling of the former.
Annabelle | Directed by John R. Leonetti (USA 2014), with Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard. Starts October 9