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Alright. A l r i g h t.
I’m a huge horror movie buff (go figure) and seeing horror movies in theaters is like, my favorite thing ever. Bad or good, I’m down to watch a horror movie surrounded by other horror-movie buffs who laugh at the cheesy parts, and jump at the scary parts.
So I saw Annabelle: Creation last night. And after watching all the of Conjuring movies (plus Annabelle), I was ready for this one. I honestly feel like the Conjuring series isn’t the worst horror movie series around. I find it creepy that the stories are based on real-life instances, and I think that they’ve done an alright job with the movies in the past.
When I watched the first Annabelle, I was more or less impressed. I found that there were some good parts, a lot of okay parts, but overall was a good movie if you’re into jumpscares and a little laugh here and there.
For the second one, I wasn’t expecting much more. I mean, c’mon. Mainstream horror movies are meant to make you laugh, right? No? Well, they make me laugh.
I first want to start out that I HATE the doll. I hate its face, I hate the size of the doll, and everything about it. I mean, those cheek bones? The fuck? Why does that doll look like that, and WHY oh WHY does a child want that? I mean, c’mon. It’s terrifying. And I’m not saying that because I’m afraid of porcelain dolls. I mean, I had a doll as a kid. Mine was not nearly as frightening as that thing.
Side note, in the first Annabelle, I have NO IDEA why that grown woman wants that doll in her nursery. I mean, again, it’s TERRIFYING. And I get that it’s meant to be terrifying, but realistically, no one would buy that doll in the store.
Like, look at her. WHAT IS HER CHEEK BONES. WHAT IS HER SMILE. THOSE EYES???? C’MON, NO ONE WOULD BUY THAT THING.
Now, in the second movie, technically the man made the doll, but even then, why would he make that and be like, “this looks cute. My daughter will love it.”
If my dad made that for me, I would not want it. No thanks, dad.
So, fast forward to the premise of the movie. For those who don’t know, it’s about a bunch of girls who are orphans, and they move into this house that will be their new orphanage. Pretty innocent, right?
Well, the people who live there are hiding something: oh right, they live in a HAUNTED HOUSE with a HAUNTED DOLL. But, yeah, lets let kids live there, and lets NOT tell them. Sounds good, right?
So, here is where SPOILERS begin. if you haven’t seen the movie and wish to not read spoilers, skip to the end. If you’ve seen the movie, keep reading!
So. Things I thought the movie did well:
- The creepy scarecrow as a bad guy. I liked that a lot. First, the scarecrows look like real people, with the way the bag is pressed against the face. And when the scarecrow came to life, I was living for it. Good Job, scary movie. I did enjoy that.
- The scene where Annabelle (the girl) was having tea with the doll, and her body becomes the demon, and how the transformation looks. I like the bones cracking, the awkward angles of the body parts, and when she walks towards the mom, how her ankles break. I found that creepy, and I really liked how it looked.
- When Mr. Mullin’s fingers break while he’s holding the cross as the demon. I’m here for that kind of disturbing, gross-looking stuff.
- The fact that the main girl (Janice) couldn’t walk. I loved her sitting on the staircase seat, and how they did the scene with the girl in the room beside her. (you know what I’m talking about). Her character not being able to run away made it suspenseful, and I enjoyed that.
- How Janice found the doll. The dollhouse closet opening with the key? Genius. I liked how they did that a lot. And, how they lured her into the room, although I wish that had been a bigger part of the movie. It’s how the movie started… I wish it had been bigger in presence first.
- The two older girls under the sheet. That’s creepy to watch, making you want to look away, but you can’t. And the use of the bell in that scene.
- Mrs. Mullin’s bell in general. I thought that was a creepy addition, even if it really didn’t mean much in the whole scheme of things. The bell was only creepy in that one scene.
- The whole nun picture scene, and how that ties into the last Conjuring movie. Mr. Mullen’s sees the nun in the dark of the picture, and I liked that contingency. Good way to tie everything together.
- At the end, when Janice is adopted, and given a Raggedy Anne doll. (In the real-life conjuring movies, the girl is given a Raggedy Anne, not a homemade, creepy looking porcelain doll. So this was a good easter egg in the movie for those who knew this little fact.
- How the movie tied in with the first Annabelle. When Janice is adopted, and 12 years later comes back to kill her adoptive parents (cue one of the first scenes in the first Annabelle movie) and how it flowed together nicely. Also, the number 12 years has importance. The little girl (Annabelle) died and 12 years later the orphan girls show up. Janice is adopted, and 12 years later she kills her parents. Idk if there is a correlation… but I like it.
- When Janice tells Linda (her friend) that she liked her doll because it looks like her on the bus to the house, and then when Janice tells Linda the same thing when Linda’s doll has a knife in its eye… that part was good. I liked how the two scenes were similar, but so very different.
- When Linda is under the staircase and sees the doll… we all knew that was going to be creepy, and it definitely was.
- The fact that the doll appears and reappears in so many different places. One minute Annabelle the doll is in her bedroom… the next moment she’s somewhere else.
Things I think the movie did horribly:
- When Janice sees Annabelle, the girl, for the first time. When Annabelle turns around, her face isn’t scary at all… it’s actually laughable. And the dark mist that flows from the door is horrible CGI… like c’mon… it could have been done better than that. Everyone in the theater laughed *cue eyeroll*
- When Janice is brought to the barn in her wheelchair. She was screaming, and the other girls were outside with her. How didn’t they hear her? Why didn’t they see her? They came to her rescue way after she was possessed in the barn. Like, just how?
- What was Mr. Mullin’s doing in the barn all that time? Multiple times, he was coming out of the barn at night. He doesn’t make dolls anymore, so why was he in there? The movie never really explained this.
- The scene where the older girl in the barn was about to die with the scarecrow, but she didn’t. Now way would she have survived that. I liked the bulbs breaking, and I liked the scarecrow coming to life, but c’mon. She should have died.
- The scene where you first see Mrs. Mullins. She isn’t all that scary… they could have hyped that up more, or made her entire face a porcelain mask to make it creepier. Instead, she was relatively normal and kind of pointless.
- The fact that Mr. Mullins didn’t properly explain why Janice couldn’t go in his daughter’s room, or the fact that he didn’t say that to any of the other girls. If he had calmly said “Don’t go in her room. It’s off limits”, it would have been better. But, instead he only told Janice, and when he yelled at her, it made her all the more curious.
- When Mr. Mullins figured out that the doll has escaped, why didn’t he call a priest? Why did he try to handle it head on? Obviously he would die. He knew that was coming.
- HOW did Janice escape from the room at the end of the movie? Like, she completely disappeared, and the police told the nun he would look for the girl, but that was it. No one was surprised she had escaped, or that she was gone from the closet. The police should have been more skeptical.
- How come Janice felt an evil presence, but their nun didn’t? I feel like she should have immediately felt the evil presence before the girls. That didn’t make sense to me at all.
- How come Mrs. Mullins room was so gross looking? I understand it’s for the movie and the creepiness factor, but the walls were corroding and stuff. That wouldn’t be realistic. That room should have looked like all the other rooms, but rather it was dark, creepy, and the walls were basically crumbling.
I felt like my dislikes of the movie were basically questions. Like… things didn’t add up together. But, overall, I enjoyed it. I laughed at parts, I rolled my eyes at parts, but I was also freaked at some parts. Left sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation for what was to come.
For those who watched the movie, did you feel the same?
That’s really all I have for this post. I just wanted to see if you guys watched the movie too, or if you stay far away from horror.