The Movie: 5/10
I’m not easily scared. Annabelle doesn’t rise to the level that my brain requires to get there. The idea of a possessed doll is creepy, for sure, it’s just not scary. Spoiler, Annabelle doesn’t “come home” because she never leaves. In fact, at the end of the movie the first thing I thought of was the title, “What are they talking about? She never left!?”
I’m not saying I have great expectations of Annabelle movies. I don’t dislike the franchise world she lives in, as in The Conjuring franchise, but she has had her moments when I was impressed with her as a strange character in a paranormal kind of world. The thing is, I did have a bit of the blahs during this particular installment.
There are a few tropes that hang heavy in the air. We have babysitter comes to babysit the kid who has parents who investigate paranormal stuff, and so do we think for even half a second that something bizarre won’t happen to the babysitter? Yea, that’s what I thought.
Nothing is new or exciting, it’s just standard jump scares and some pretty good in camera special effects. A child in danger is always a thing that can make the stakes seem higher, but it never felt as threatening as that damn tree that grabbed and swallowed little screaming Robbie!! Remember Robbie? Poltergeist? Yea, that’s a creepy scary movie, and not just because I watched it when I was young and impressionable.
When Annabelle is released from her little glass box she brings a few friends with her, or so it seems. The house is teaming with evil. There are manipulative spiteful spirits who, for some reason, think hanging around this house where they have been imprisoned since the ghost hunting couple captured them, is the best way to spend their weekend. I mean, if I were them, I would have floated away immediately, but then that would make for a very short movie.
As for quality, Annabelle Comes Home (no she does not) is well made, looks great, sounds great, feels creepy and oppressive like a good horrorish flick should. It just doesn’t go full creep-factor for me. I need to feel an impending sense of doom to really enjoy a “creature feature” movie, and Annabelle just doesn’t have that.
It is fun though, and there are lots of 70’s references that I dig, you know, because I’m old and I LIVED in the 70’s!
- Behind The Scenes (11 Minutes) – A three part featurette which covers the basics of the making of the film.
- The Artifact Room & The Occult (5 Minutes) – A tour through the movies famous room as we get to see some of the cooler artifacts.
- The Light And The Love (4 Minutes) – A look at Ed and Lorraine’s love life.
- Deleted Scenes (12 Minutes) – 7 deleted scenes including an alternate ending.
- Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
Shot on digital Annabelle comes home looks good aside from a lot of noise in the darker scenes. Clarity is superb with close ups that look higher resolution than 1080P. Black levels are on point with most of the film taking place in the dark that really matters and here it shines.
The Dolby Atmos track used here is immaculate with superb use of overhead surround and creepy surround action throughout. LFE is used sparingly during some of the major frights and dialog is central and precise.
Overall Score 5/10