Short Attention Span Review: Annabelle (2014)
Annabelle is a basic bitch, truth be told, but that doesn't render her ineffective. In fact, I found a lot to like in this simplistic throwback. A bit classical in its approach, Annabelle doesn't arrive with any grand aspirations. This one didn't aim to reinvent the wheel, and there were no attempts to ratchet up the tension with a hyper-kinetic array of malevolent jolts. No, we're dealing with a straight-forward and measured endeavor here. In that regard, Annabelle reminded me a lot of the claustrophobic character-driven spookshows of yesteryear. Throw in a tough female lead and some quality effects work, and you're in for a good time at the movies. Intriguing and creepy in equal doses, this unassuming addition to The Conjuring family won't take you anywhere you haven't been before. Yet, if you're a fan of the genre, you will get to revisit the old neighborhood in an efficient and moderately unnerving trip into terror. That's good enough for me.
Final Grade: B-
|When things got out of hand, Annabelle's owners reached out to this priest, and he had the situation under control for approximately 90 seconds.|