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Annabelle Comes Home

The third spin-off about the cursed doll from The Conjuring horror franchise, this sequel to Annabelle: Creation (2017) takes the series inside the Connecticut home of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga) during a 24-hour period when the couple goes out of town and leaves their psychic ten-year-old daughter (Mckenna Grace, Captain Marvel) in the care of a perky and very resourceful high-schooler (Madison Iseman). Early on, while the tension gradually builds, the focus is more on humor, with Wilson and Farmiga playing their familiar roles slightly tongue-in-cheek and with sly references to teen comedies and stalker movies thrown in. But once the babysitter's visiting best friend (Katie Sarife) furtively unlocks the doll's glass cage, Annabelle breaks out, unleashing all the hell latent in the Warrens' spooky artifacts room, including some unsettling new phantoms—corpses with coins on their eyes as payment to the Ferryman, the boatman to the afterlife. Cinematographer Michael Burgess puts the glow in Lisa Son's 1970s-era set design: the earth colors and nature accents upstairs contrast effectively with the shadowy demon den below. Gary Dauberman, writer of all the films in this trilogy (here from a story by producer James Wan) makes a stylish directorial debut: this is an uncommonly handsome scary movie, one that respects the audience's intelligence while delivering all the requisite chills and just the right amount of gore. With Steve Coulter and Michael Cimino as the adorable teen supermarket clerk aptly nicknamed "Bob with balls."

Credits

Director:

  • Gary Dauberman

Cast:

  • Patrick Wilson
  • Vera Farmiga
  • McKenna Grace
  • Madison Iseman
  • Katie Sarife

Writers:

  • Gary Dauberman
  • James Wan

Producers:

  • James Wan
  • Michael Clear
  • Michelle Morrissey
  • Peter Safran
  • Walter Hamada

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