Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Midnight Horror Review - Annabelle Comes Home Blu-ray

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

The current most successful horror film series is The Conjuring Universe, which is loosely based on the real-life cases of the paranormal investigators/demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. Since the first film, The Conjuring, was released in 2013, the franchise has taken in over $1 billion at the box office.

The latest entry in the series "Annabelle Comes Home" is the third film in the spinoff "Annabelle" series (and it's the 7th film overall in The Conjuring Universe). The film was released to theaters on June 26, 2019 and despite mixed reviews from mainstream critics, it took in over $228 at the box office.

Today, Annabelle Comes Home (R; 106 mins; $35.99) was released on Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It's also available to own on Digital. Written and directed by Gary Dauberman, the film stars Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, Patrick Wilson, and Vera Farmiga.

Annabelle Comes Home centers around Judy Warren (played by McKenna Grace), the young daughter of Ed and Lorraine (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), who is left at home with a babysitter, Mary Ellen (played by Madison Iseman), while here parents leave overnight for an investigation. Everything is going smoothly until Mary Ellen's best friend, Daniela (played by Katie Sarife), shows up, does a little snooping inside the Warren's artifacts room, unlocks Annabelle from her locked glass box, and unleashes all the evil spirits from the room, which leads to a night of unbelievable terror.

Blu-ray Special Features:
  • The Artifact Room and the Occult
  • The Light and the Lore
  • Behind the Scenes: The Ferryman/Demon, The Blood Bride, The Werewolf
  • Deleted Scenes

Final Thoughts

The Conjuring Universe has been one of the better horror films of recent years but that doesn't mean there hasn't been a few missteps in the franchise, such as 2014's Annabelle (a.k.a. The Conjuring prequel). To sum it up, Annabelle wasn't a very good movie. It was cheaply made with hardly any scares. Now my opinion for Annabelle's prequel "Annabelle Creation" was completely different and I end up liking it. After hearing negative things about Annabelle Comes Home, I made the decision to skip seeing it in theatres and just wait for the Blu-ray release.

Annabelle Comes Home feels less like a "Conjuring" movie and more like a "Goosebumps" story, which ironically Madison Iseman, who stars in this film, was also in 2018's Goosebumps 2. Now there's nothing wrong with a "Goosebumps" plot. (FYI: I'm a Goosebumps fan!) However, for an R-rated horror flick I was expecting something else than what I received. Honestly, the film feels more PG-13 than R. Am I right or am I nitpicking?

The "releasing demons" plot is as simple and clich├ęd as it gets in the horror genre but it does work well here thanks to several creepy moments. Gary Dauberman does a pretty good job in the director's chair with some intriguing cinematography. The acting from the young cast is excellent, making me believe they were frighten to death in many scenes.

The picture and sound qualities are topnotch on the Blu-ray. The special features are decent but it would have been nice to have a commentary from the writer/director.

Overall, Annabelle Comes Home is a flawed but entertaining horror flick and a welcoming installment in the expanding The Conjuring Universe.

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