Hello, friends! Happy Monday to you all! I woke up today with some sort of cold, so, I’ve been laying in bed for most of the day watching my stories. Speaking of stories…
Bobby and I saw Annabelle Comes Home last night. Bobby HATES any sort of scary movie, so I was quite pleased that he agreed to go with me. I really love all of the Conjuring/Annabelle movies, even if sometimes they are just a tad bit cheesy. I personally have no problem with a little cheese in my horror movies.
It’s usually around this time of the year where I begin to get extra excited for Halloween, which results in me watching loads of scary movies. October is one of my favorite months of the year, and this year it will mean even more because that’s when I’m getting married!!!
Back on topic…
I have a soft spot for horror movies that take place in different eras, and perhaps that’s why I enjoy these movies so much. The 60’s/70’s vibes are so wonderful, and the soundtracks for all of these movies are so good.
It’s been out for around a month, so I feel like everyone who REALLY wanted to see it has, so there may be SPOILERS from this point forward.
The first thing I wanted to talk about is the characters. All of the characters in the Annabelle/ Conjuring films are so great. It’s one of my favorite parts of the franchise. I feel like in horror movies, I’m pretty hard to please when it comes to the characters. So often they don’t take enough time to develop the characters or they make them completely unlikable. I’ve never found this to be true in this franchise.
I think that the acting in this movie was really great, especially the actress who played Judy! I think that’s another thing that this franchise does really well — hire actors and actresses that are very believable as their characters. Characters written well accompanied by actors and actresses playing them well.
The room full of terrors! Eep! I loved that so much. I also like the fact that spinoffs could be done based off the artifacts. I think that I would be most excited for companion films about The Bride and the Ferryman. I don’t think it needs its own spinoff, but I also really liked the haunted typewriter in the room that wrote out “Miss me?”, over and over again.
I normally don’t like romance in my horror movies, mostly just because the characters in horror movies tend to be so darn unlikable, but the romance subplot in this movie was SO SO cute. I’ve seen a lot of people hate on it, but I am firm in my opinion that it was ADORABLE. Bob and Mary Ellen were so wholesome. Speaking of Bob… how the heck did he survive the wolf outside? I’m still a bit confused by that, but thank goodness he wasn’t harmed, and an extra thank goodness for him saving Judy!
I know that a lot of people dislike the Goosebumps/ Scooby Doo vibe of this movie, but I really liked it. This movie certainly wasn’t the scariest one I’ve ever seen, nor do I think it’s the scariest in the franchise. That being said, I do think it’s a good movie to watch when you’re feeling a little spooky, but aren’t looking to get too scared. This is a movie that will cause you to jump during it, but afterwards, there’s no lingering scariness. Which, depending on your mood, can be good or bad. I personally really like the Conjuring/Annabelle movies because of that.
I will say that I do wish that Ed and Loraine were in this movie more. They’re in it for a bit in the beginning, and then a bit more at the end. I just really enjoy the actors that play them, so I suppose the fact that I want more can be considered a compliment. And for the plot of this movie, it makes sense why they wouldn’t be in it as much.
I thought it was a nice little touch when the girls were watching a game show that one of the prizes was a Raggedy Ann doll, which, for those that don’t know, is what the real life Annabelle is.
I don’t know if it was just me, but when watching this movie, I thought that the ghost of the priest following Judy was the same priest as the one in the first Annabelle. Upon reading other reviews of the movie, I don’t believe that this is the case, but did anyone else think it was him? Maybe I just need to wear my glasses when I see movies…
And a quick little mention about how happy I was at the end of the movie where everyone came to Judy’s birthday party! It warmed my heart so much to see that!
And this, my dear internet friends, is the end of my review of Annabelle Comes Home! As I said in my Raconteurs blog post, I am not a professional critic by any means, but I really like sharing my thoughts and opinions on the media I consume.
Thank you so much for reading!