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Annabelle Comes Home

Lucky number seven? Well, just barely. The seventh movie in the ongoing The Conjuring franchise isn’t the best of the series but, hopefully, it will be the final one involving that damn doll. She’s twisted as hell and, as revealed here, is a sort of conduit for all sorts of evil spirits, not just one. Unfortunately, she gets out of The Warren’s glass box and – surprise, surprise – makes a night of it for three girls who happen to be staying in the house.

"the creep factor is high in this one especially since the Warren’s artifact room essentially comes to life right before our eyes"


If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be trapped in The Warren’s room of bizarre and haunted things, then Annabelle Comes Home is the movie for you. Because that’s exactly what and where this movie gets its mojo. The haunted and twisted fun that Annabelle conjures up all involves what is locked inside the room with her.

Annabelle Comes Home, directed by Gary Daubermen (who previously wrote the screenplays for Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, The Nun) works best when the atmosphere is most expressive thanks to the camera work by cinematographer Michael Burgess. As with his other scripts, there just isn’t much story involved, so the haunts and jaunts need to be ratcheted up . . . which they are. His directorial debut doesn’t suck; it is fun and solid enough, but the story is virtually nonexistent.

Fortunately for us, paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) make several appearances in this movie. It’s a good thing, too. The Conjuring series works best when they are involved in them and here, as they are hellbent on keeping the Annabelle doll locked in their artifacts room, they get to play ball BIG TIME. The opening scenes especially since there is a long drive home with the living dead girl doll in their backseat, a wreck on the highway, and a stalled engine right next to an unrestful cemetery.

Their presence assists this movie in multiple ways and that’s due to the deficiencies of the primary cast – McKenna Grace as Judy Warren, Madison Iseman as Mary Ellen, and Katie Sarife as Daniela (who gets the most to do) – because there really isn’t much for them to do except react to a mixed bag of haunted goodies and jump scares. Annabelle Comes Home

Having acknowledged that, the creep factor is high in this one especially since the Warren’s artifact room essentially comes to life right before our eyes. Things go bump continuously and the spooky images involving the haunted bride, spooky kids, and a lot of self-dropping coins are eerie and spill out INTO the house after Daniela, who really wants to communicate with her deceased father, goes exploring.

Outside of the opening, the spookiest scene in the movie involves Annabelle and her desire to be removed from the glass case that she is locked behind. Talk about determined. Her head falling against the glass and the sound it makes in a near quiet, dust-filled room is quite unnerving.

3/5 beers

Annabelle Comes Home

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Warner Bros.
Available on Blu-ray
- October 8, 2019
Screen Formats: 2.39:1
Subtitles
: English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Audio:
English: Dolby Atmos; English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1; English: Dolby Digital 5.1; French: Dolby Digital 5.1; Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1; Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; Two-disc set; DVD copy
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Annabelle Comes Home arrives on 1080p courtesy of Warner Bros and their 2.39:1 transfer. The image is crisp and clean and the supplemental material contains several featurettes and deleted scenes. A DVD copy of the film and a digital copy code are included with purchase.

Video:

Digitally shot, there are no flaws in the image. Even when the black levels are cranked to 11, there remains a clean image which is nice in a tale of the supernatural. While there isn’t a lot of gore, there are effects shots which liven up some of the ghosts and ghouls; the best shot scene involves the ghostly bride as she walks the house and causes things to fall from the wall. The details are solid throughout and flesh tones are just as detailed.

Audio:

The strength in this release also comes from the Dolby Atmos track. The noises heard in the artifacts room and in the house will make you sweat. Did that come from the movie or was that in my house? Dialogue is clear and presented front and center with surround sound enveloping the atmosphere quite nicely.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

There is a three-part featurette handling the role of Alexander Ward, The Bride, and the Hell Hound. Fans get a tour of the Artifact Room, the relationship between Ed and Lorraine, Deleted Scenes, and a look at upcoming releases.

  • Behind the Scenes
  • The Artifact Room and the Occult
  • The Light and the Love
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Previews

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 4/5 stars
  Video  4/5 stars
  Audio 4/5 stars
  Extras 4/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

4/5 stars

Annabelle Comes Home

MPAA Rating: R for horror violence and terror.
Runtime:
106 mins
Director
: Gary Dauberman
Writer:
Gary Dauberman
Cast:
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:
Welcome to the home of The Conjuring Universe.
Memorable Movie Quote: "It's the doll, Ed. It's a beacon for other spirits."
Theatrical Distributor:
Warner Bros.
Official Site: https://twitter.com/annabellemovie
Release Date:
June 26, 2019
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
October 8, 2019
Synopsis: While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.

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