Coming Soon: Annabelle Comes Home
It is 91 degrees in Minnesota, which means that summer is officially here. Naturally this means that I need to hide out in my air conditioned house, and watch trailers for silly summer movies. Since nothing screams summer like creepy old dolls, I checked out the preview for "Annabelle Comes Home," the latest movie in the "Conjuring" universe.
The trailer for "Annabelle Comes Home" begins with a scene of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the demonologists from "The Conjuring," locking the Annabelle doll away with the help of a priest. In spite of having kids, the Warrens think it is a great idea to keep a whole room of cursed objects in their unassuming suburban home. Do they not have access to a storage locker, or the priest's church basement?
One night, the teenagers who are babysitting the Warren's young daughter give into temptation, and decide to investigate the room of scary stuff. There is a piano, a creepy wooden monkey, and what appears to be a set of Samurai armor, in addition to the case holding Annabelle. In spite of the presence of a giant sign that says, "Warning! Do Not Open" one of the sitters opens the case and unleashes Annabelle.
Once the doll has been let loose, things start to go very wrong for all of the kids. They hear voices, and see things, including ghosts. Like most of the movies related to "The Conjuring," "Annabelle comes Home" seems to rely heavily on jump scares. The Warren's daughter awakes to find herself being pulled out of bed. When she checks under the covers, she finds Annabelle, who proceeds to attack the girl, knocking over her huge multi-colored nightlight. The nightlight is another example of the Warren family's love of creepy décor.
"Annabelle Comes Home" opens on June 26. It seems like audiences are tiring of possessed doll movies, but when it opens it will have been quite a bit of time since the box office saw a horror movie. Fortunately, "Annabelle Comes Home" has a Wednesday release date, so Fantasy Movie League Players should have a good idea of its chance during the weekend of June 28-30.