Movie Review: Annabelle (2014)

January 22, 2015

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:

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A young couple wakes to the screams of their neighbors in the middle of the night. When the husband rushes to their aid he finds the older couple savagely murdered. Mia runs into her home to call the police. Suddenly she is attacked by the neighbor’s estranged daughter and her boyfriend, both who are involved with a cult. The police arrive just in time to save the couples’ lives.

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Life for the young couple just keeps getting worse. Mia is plagued by supernatural events, which are all tied to a very creepy doll and mostly taking place while her husband is away working long hours. The entity will not give in until it gets what it wants, a soul.

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This supernatural thriller has a great cast. Annabelle Wallis (X-Men First Class) plays Mia, the mother  of the child who seems to be the target of a dark entity. The father of the child is played by ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ actor, Ward Horton. Veteran actor Tony Amendola (‘Blow’, ‘The Mask Of Zorro’) is cast in the role of Father Perez, who is trying to help the young family. Alfre Woodard (‘State Of Affairs’) plays the part of Mia’s concerned new friend. Director John R. Leonetti and the writer Gary Dauberman make a wonderful team and did a great job with the movie.


I wasn’t sure what to expect from the movie. Usually when a movie is surrounded by so much hype I end up getting disappointed, fortunately that wasn’t the case with ‘Annabelle”. I may be extra sensitive to the movie because I have a thing about dolls (they creep me out) but I have to say their choice of doll was perfect, Annabelle may be the creepiest doll I’ve ever seen. My only issue is that the real Annabelle was a “Raggedy Ann” doll and I wonder their reason for using a different type of doll.  There were not a lot of big effects, most of  the horror came from suggestions and simple manipulation but they did it perfectly. ‘Annabelle’ will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you with the impulse to pack up and burn every doll in your house.


‘Annabelle’ is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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Lorraine Warren with the real Annabelle doll

To read the true story behind ‘Annabelle’ click the link below.


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