Annabelle Comes Home (2019)

Director: Gary Dauberman

Writer: Gary Dauberman (Screenplay) James Wan (Story)

Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, Michael Cimino, Samara Lee

 

Plot: While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.


Tagline – The Next Chapter In The Conjuring Universe

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Relentless Scares

 

Story: Annabelle Comes Home starts one year after the Warren’s Ed (Wilson) and Lorraine (Farmiga) bring the Annabelle doll home, knowing its power to control the other items inside their blessed room. With Ed and Lorraine going on a business trip, it leaves their daughter Judy (Grace) with girl next door babysitter Mary Ellen (Iseman), who has planned a little birthday surprise.

When Mary Ellen’s best friend Daniela (Sarife) decides to visit, with questions about the house, getting a moment alone, she sneaks into the blessed room, only to unleash a host of evil upon the three for a night of terror, all thanks to the dreaded Annabelle doll.

 

Thoughts on Annabelle Comes Home

 

Characters – Judy Warren is the daughter of the famous paranormal investigators, she is treated differently at school because of this, with some students being scared, while others just bully her, she does see spirits too and is a shy little girl, she just wants to make friends like any young girl and is struggling with the fact nobody will be her friend except her babysitter Mary Ellen. She does know how to handle herself when hauntings start happening around her house though. Mary Ellen is the girl next door babysitter, she might well be worried about who will take her to homecoming, but she is a friend that Judy needs. Daniela Rios is the best friend of Mary Ellen, she invites herself over to look around, in hopes that she could find a way to connect with her deceased father, whose death was an accident, but she believes was her fault, she unleashes all the evil items on the household, which would make her truly horrible, until you add in the reason why she is trying to find forgiveness. Ed and Lorraine are the familiar faces, only they are basically extended cameos in the film. Bob is the love interest of Mary Ellen and he does through the generic awkward moments of trying to ask her out, he is good for a laugh too.

PerformancesMcKenna Grace takes over the role of the daughter, she does make us believe that her character has become distant from the world around her, makes us believe she is feeling lonely and isolated too. Madison Iseman makes for an easy pick for the babysitter, she comes off friendly and gives the scream level required to show the fear. Katie Sarife is strong as friend who unleashes everything, somehow making a character we could hate feel sympathy towards. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson do seem to be here as a draw, only they are barely even in the film.

StoryThe story here follows a babysitter’s friend visiting the Warren’s house who unleashes all the evil from the safety, only for the three girls needing to put a halt to this before they can become the latest victims of the curses they have. This story does have a few positives and negatives, the first positive being see how the daughter of the Warren’s is struggling with making connections in life because of their work, we could have easily dived deeper with this, but it was nice to see a change in why somebody is isolated. The pure number of different evil figures we meet through the film is brilliant to see because this opens the doors to seemingly endless amounts of spin off movies now, which could be seen as a negative because, while this is an Annabelle movie, it does tend to focus on the other evil, instead of the main one attached to Annabelle. We could get into character decisions, which aren’t the smartest especially when it comes to knowing who the character of Judy is meant to be.

Horror/MysteryThe horror in the film, is an endless amounts of jump scares, this does work because each does have its own way of being effective, even if a lot if music goes silent and either a boom or something charging the screen. The mystery comes from each new evil that we get to see, we get glimpses into a few leading us to only want to know more.

SettingsThe film is set in one singular location, the Warren house, this has all the evil set up within it, which means once it comes out and traps them, they don’t know what will come next.

Special EffectsThe effect in the film are strong throughout, with each creation look different, with a couple of tricks for the Ferryman coming off nicely.


Scene of the Movie –
The circular shot, I am a fan of this shot even if it was the same as the Nun.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I can’t help but think one of the rules for babysitting at the Warren’s, would be, anything slightly strange happens, get out until we come home.

Final ThoughtsThis is a nice jump scare filled horror, it has plenty of references to the previous films and does leave us wanting more from this universe.

 

Overall: Jump scares for everyone.

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How to Be the Ultimate Movie Fan

Being a movie fanatic is no easy task. It takes years of watching films before you can come close to calling yourself that. Moreover, a real movie fan doesn’t even have to tell people how much they love films. It all shows in their attitude and the way they go about living their lives.

 

So, what is it that transforms an average moviegoer into the ultimate film lover? There are a few obvious reasons, but one of the primary ones is to have an open mind towards the art of film making. There is a multifaceted purpose behind movies, and the best part about it is that they can appeal to several people at one time, and resonate with a select few at other moments.. By taking each movie individually and analysing the thought process behind it, you can grow to appreciate films a lot more, and it is only then that you can enter the inner circle of true movie buffs.

Watch Everything

Keeping in tune with the idea of being open to different films, the first thing you need to do is watch everything, that is age appropriate obviously. It is perfectly fine to have preferences and love or hate a film, but unless you indulge in different genres, from across the world, you will never realise how impactful films can be, not just as a medium of entertainment, but also as artistic and educational pieces that often end up saying a lot more than you’d expect.

Have an Opinion

Having an opinion about films is the most basic requirement of a film lover. It doesn’t always have to be a serious or detailed analysis of the actors and the plot, but knowing about the trends, the different viewpoints that people hold, and having a proper, educated conversation about films should be part of your repertoire. So, whether it is something about the growing craze over film remakes, the everlasting debate on violence in movies, or your thoughts on Adam Sandler comedies, talk freely and be confident about what you feel and think. Millions of people see films, but they are also a very private affair, and every person takes them differently.

Movies Aren’t Just for Watching

Being a bona fide movie fan means you are not just watching them, but also living a lifestyle that in some way revolves around films. It can be anything from playing movie-themed online casino slots to wearing tees that represent your favourite film; the options are endless. Then there is also the question of collecting memorabilia, which can be expensive at times, but there are enough products in the market nowadays that allow you to express your love towards films without making a dent on your pocket.

Know Your Quotes

There are two ways movie quotes work in your favour. The more obvious one is that when you include famous quotes into your everyday talk, in a subtle manner, the other person is more than likely to assume that you enjoy films. On the other hand, it also works as a gauge to judge if the person you are talking to is into cinema. If they clearly are not able to understand the context of the most popular movie quotes, you know that you have a mere mortal on your hands, one that will never see the joy and magic that films bring to life, and it might be best to keep a safe distance away from them.

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The Plague of the Zombies (1966)

Director: John Gilling

Writer: Peter Bryan (Screenplay)

Starring: Andre Morell, Diane Clare, Brooke Williams, Jacqueline Pearce, John Carson, Alexander Davion, Michael Ripper

 

Plot: Young workers are dying because of a mysterious epidemic in a little village in Cornwall. Doctor Thompson is helpless and asks professor James Forbes for help. The professor and his daughter Sylvia travel to Thomson. Terrible things happen soon, beyond imagination or reality. Dead people are seen near an old, unused mine. Late people seem to live suddenly. Professor Forbes presumes that black magic is involved and someone has extraordinary power. He doesn’t know how close he is: the dead become alive because of a magic voodoo-ritual, and so they must serve their master as mindless zombies…


Tagline – Only The Lord Of The Dead Could Unleash Them!

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Basic Hammer Horror

 

Story: The Plague of the Zombies starts when Sir James Forbes (Morell) takes his daughter Sylvia (Clare) to Cornwell, to help a for student of his Dr Peter Tompson (Williams) with a string of cases which can’t be explained by the normal science.

When Peter’s wife Alice (Pearce) dies, the two try to figure out what killed her, only what they discover isn’t human. Soon it appears the village is being over run by the zombies and they must hunt down the master controlling them.

 

Thoughts on The Plague of the Zombies

 

Characters – Sir James Forbes is the respected doctor that gets called upon to help with an unknown medical case, he will help his former student uncover the case, he does believe something unusual is going on and starts to worry about his daughter. Sylvia is the daughter that goes on the journey, she becomes the target from the master who wants her to become his bride. She is the typical 60’s damsel in distress. Dr Peter Tompson is the one who called for help knowing his mentor wouldn’t let him down when it comes to figuring out the unexplainable. Alice is Peter’s wife that is the latest to become cursed with what is happening within the village, she makes it feel more personal for the two doctors.

PerformancesAndre Morell as the more experienced doctor is entertaining to watch through the film, he fits the wiser role with ease. Diane Clare fits your typical 60’s horror figure for the era, never doing much more than screaming. Brooke Williams doesn’t make his character feel like a doctor though.

StoryThe story follows a doctor that is asked to investigate a new outbreak of a disease in a small village, only to learn it has connection to voodoo and zombies. We must think that this story was put together before zombie movies had over taken the world, the idea behind voodoo and zombies was always a connection which works for the ideas being used in this story. the story might not be the most intense and does end up being rather safe with how everything being handled, never managing to reach any level of creepiness which could be associated with voodoo zombie creation.

HorrorThe horror in this film comes from the ideas of zombies and voodoo, which for the time, was one of the scarier elements of horror, even if it has been watered down in the modern era.

SettingsThe film is set in a small Cornwell village, which shows us how the community has become considered, while also showing how the community could stick together with a more evil idea going on.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film comes from the zombie creations, which show us a wonderful use of make-up, with other elements of the film coming from how injuries are inflicted.


Scene of the Movie –
Alice rises.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not as creepy as it could be.

Final ThoughtsThis is a horror that when released would have gotten more scares, now it has dated and just doesn’t connect the audience in the same way it once did.

 

Overall: Hammer horror 101

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