Indians have a taste for horror movies. Annabelle proves that. Of course, people come out of the theatre disappointed as they expect something at least near to the experience of The Conjuring.
Well, first off, Annabelle is no Conjuring. Annabelle is really less intense and has really poor performances. I mean it feels as if the problems between the lead couple are there in the script just for the sake of being in the script. And it’s not the Script’s fault either (though the screenplay is really poor, mind you!). I don’t buy how the couples are getting along considering how Americans shy away from commitments.
To fill in the tension, the camera moves slowly for most part of the movie which is quite common in these kind of movies but the slow movement creates minor blur while the camera follows a character. Almost looks a little shaky at times. It becomes really noticeable and quite annoying, But that is a minor flaw. Everything feels repetitive. I mean, it feels as if we have seen this many many times before. Nothing feels new. Same old, same old! You are going to get a sympathetic next door neighbour who is least interesting with a baby on the way. And like most horror movies the Supernatural element targets the baby (I mean why does every Evil targets the baby? Why? I have seen this shit in Rosemary’s baby). And there is a spoiler suspense which can be easily predicted. Trust me even though I have some of the elements in the movie, you are not going to be spoiled. And there is less story in the movie for the script to move forward.
The only plus is when you watch this movie or any lazy horror movie on that matter with friends, you are going to have fun. I mean you are supposed to watch a horror movie alone, but you are not going to get spooked or going to have any effects the horror movie produces on you. So, you might as well enjoy it with friends. So, whenever a cheap thrill comes your way, feel free to scream or scare the shit out of your friend to your heart’s content. That’s the only way one can have a good time or a profitable time watching this movie. If the theatres robs you out of that right, go to a theatre which permits it. Overall, Annabelle is a disappointment. I’m giving it a 1.5/5.