The purpose of this movie seems to be to give creedence to the saying that you can never be to careful. Demonologists Ed (played by Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Wilson (played by Vera Farmiga) definitely subscribe to it. In order to take the evil doll’s power away, they lock Annabelle in the artifact room in their house.
Annabelle is encased in behind sacred case made from reclaimed glass from a church. They have the case blessed by a priest and have stored it in their Black Museum room.
A few months later they have to go out of town for the weekend in order to investigate a haunting in another town. Teenager Mary Ellen (played by Madison Iseman) has been hired to take care of their 10-year-old daughter, Judy (played by McKenna Grace).
On the first night, a distressed classmate/friend (played by Katie Sarife) of Mary Ellen’s comes to visit her. The two teenagers go down to the Black Museum room to poke about. Horrifyingly, the result of this is Annabelle getting out of her case. Terror ensues.
First time director Gary Dauberman, who also co-wrote the screenplay, sticks to the usual tropes of this type of horror with plenty happening in the shadows, carefully constructed jump scares and reflections in a mirror. Nothing groundbreaking happens here. Plus he keeps things moving at good clip.
Being that this is the third Annabelle movie, it is a fairly established series. You know what you are going to get coming into it. Dauberman does not try to do to much. Just keeps it simple and moving forward.
What I am sure many will complain about is the ending. It is rather abrupt. No real bow tying things up.
- Deleted Scenes
- The Artifact Room & the Occult
- The Light & the Love
- Behind the Scenes: The Ferryman/Demon, The Bloody Bride, The Werewolf