Annabelle: more than just a doll

The Charger Bulletin

By Walter Gordillo
Contributing Writer
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Annabelle, the long anticipated spin-off to last year’s surprise hit The Conjuring, was released October 3.

The possession of the Annabelle doll is based off a true story (AP photo)
The possession of the Annabelle doll is based off a true story (AP photo)

This spin-off is based on a true story, which partially makes up for a predictable storyline and overuse of jump scares. It doesn’t feature any of the human characters from The Conjuring, however it focuses on the history of the Annabelle doll that was in the possession of paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) in The Conjuring.

This film is a throwback to classic possession horror films in that it revolves around a demonic doll that a satanic lady uses as a conduit to try to possess a baby in the movie.

The complete plot can be figured out by horror film fans within the first thirty minutes of the movie. The plot follows a formulaic pattern which we have seen in Child’s Play.

Annabelle invites very cliché jump scares, yet is a decent horror film if you are looking for a late night date.

It provides a few good startles, but nothing that will leave you with a decent taste in your mouth.