Annabelle Comes Home (press screening review)

Director; Gary Dauberman
Horror/Thriller
1h 46 minutes
Swedish premiere; June 26th

What a flop – I must say, I was quite disappointed by the end of what seems to be the last installment to the story behind the possessed doll. I expected something better and bigger, a final goodbye to the previous highly exquisitely horror films.

I would not stretch this so far and call it a horror film, more of a thriller with aspects and nuances of horror, it’s solid at best. The previous ones had more of a ”case”, a reason behind the darkness, the entities, here it was just pure stupidity that brought them to face the spirits of Anabelle.
It was extremely predictable, it had all the cliches you’re sick and tired of hearing such as ”don’t go in there”, ”don’t touch that”, ”don’t open the door”, etc. You could predict the ending right after 15 minutes.
It was just frustrations, plain and simple.

Some slight jumps scenes and the essence of Lorraine and Ed Warren was left in the air since they barely were in the movie, it revolved solely on their daughter, the babysitter, and her friend. The well-known couple had 10 minutes of screen time before leaving the torch, praying, and knowledge over to their young Judy, played by a phenomenal lil’ star named Mckenna Grace.

Besides her acting, the rest of the movie was dull, so was the visual and sound + personally, I believe that if David F. Sandberg came back directing this one as he was the director to the second which was Annabelle – Creation, it might’ve turned out better. 4/10