John R Leonetti (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
That creepy grinning doll from The Conjuring gets its own origin story in this disappointingly banal supernatural spin-off. John Form (Ward Horton) buys a vintage figure decked out in a wedding dress for his expectant wife (Annabelle Wallis) on the day their neighbours are killed by satanic cult members, who also invade the Form's house. Spilt blood seeps into the doll, possessing it with an evil spirit and causing deathly havoc to such usual suspects as the local concerned priest and the occult-savvy bookstore owner. Directed by Conjuring cinematographer John R Leonetti and scripted in a surprisingly perfunctory manner, Annabelle is helped initially by its late-1960s setting, but the fear factor decreases rapidly after the well-staged Manson-esque attack. After that it goes through the formulaic fright motions, ticking off all the expected shocks in order, as the silliness intensifies. It's certainly not in the Chucky devil-doll class, or even close to producer James Wan's own Dead Silence.


A man buys his pregnant wife a vintage doll, which places their lives in jeopardy. Members of a Satanic cult have their eyes on the antique toy, and break into their house to prepare a ritual that will transform the harmless plaything into a terrifying monster. Horror spin-off from The Conjuring, starring Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton.

Cast & Crew

Mia Annabelle Wallis
John Ward Horton
Father Perez Tony Amendola
Evelyn Alfre Woodard
Sharon Higgins Kerry O'Malley
Pete Higgins Brian Howe
Detective Clarkin Eric Ladin
Dr Burgher Ivar Brogger
Young Annabelle Higgins Keira Daniels
Director John R Leonetti
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Oct 2014