The success of the 2013 film The Conjuring has brought forth its creepy prequel, Annabelle. Directed by John R. Leonetti, and starring Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, and Alfre Woodard, the horror flick manages to scare its audience, but fails to captivate them with an interesting storyline. Set in the late 1960s, Annabelle centers on Mia and John, a young couple living in California. All goes wrong when John gives Mia a new doll for her collection. Mia is attacked late at night by a woman holding the doll, and a different man. *SPOILER ALERT* When the police arrive with John to save Mia, they kill the man but the girl, later identified as Annabelle Higgins, kills herself, leaving a bloody symbol on the wall and a drop of her blood on the doll. After this occurrence, the couple throws the doll away, but to no avail; it returns to their new apartment. John and Mia, along with their newborn baby, begin experiencing supernatural events in their new home. Although this film is great at giving a good scare, its plot is lacking in original or thought-provoking characters. The Conjuring is a hard act to follow, but Annabelle doesn’t even come close. I was terrified, but I expected a better film based on the success of its predecessor. I’d recommend it to anyone not wanting to sleep for the next few nights, but if you’re looking for a good film, this just isn’t it.
Annabelle Dunbar, Staff Writer
Sophomore Annabelle Dunbar is a staff writer for the 2014-2015 Colonel. She is on the cheer leading team and writes her own films.