If you loved "The Conjuring," but nevertheless left the theater disappointed at the way the movie totally sidelined its creepy doll in order to focus on the whole haunted house thing, then you'll be delighted to know that said creepy doll is headlining her own film right this minute. "Annabelle" hits theaters today, the first entry in October's slate of horror fare.
It's visually well-crafted.
"The director, John R. Leonetti, served as the cinematographer on “The Conjuring” (2013), and the best scares in “Annabelle” involve tricks of the eye... Set largely in a Santa Monica, Calif., house and an apartment in Pasadena, “Annabelle” is less cluttered with creepy bric-a-brac than “The Conjuring.” But Mr. Leonetti embraces the potential of negative space." -- Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
It's pretty scary.
"But this is why we go to horror films — to manage our nerves tracking the doomed — and 'Annabelle' works enough devil figurine juju to make for a modestly hair-raising prequel to the more satisfying scares of its predecessor, 'The Conjuring.' " - Robert Abelle, The LA Times
...And delivers the goods.
"While the film isn’t clever or original, it is reasonably scary, especially when it knocks off the preliminaries and gets to the good stuff. There are just too few horror movies that deliver a nice hair-raising glimpse of the devil, or at least one of his leading emissaries." - Kyle Smith, NY Post
"Annabelle" opens nationwide today.