2019

Annabelle Comes Home

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Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her “safely” behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest’s holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target — the Warrens’ ten-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends. This is directed by Gary Dauberman under New Line Cinema.

CAST: McLena Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Steve Coulter, Michael Cimino & Samara Lee.

GENRE: Horror

WHAT I LIKE?

Annabelle has that solid scares & thrills you will probably enjoy on a average Annabelle flick. But….

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

From all the disappointing Annabelle Flick in the Conjuring Universe, Annabelle Comes Home has some decent and redeeming sort of thing but for me, this latest installment is tiring, lazy and very formulaic. What I don’t like about this film is that its actually empty. Full of unnecessary scares and dangling plots that actually don’t make sense at all. Aside from its very limited setting and point if view, Annabelle Comes Home is just some random shit wherein Annabelle was able to set free from the room and do some horrific things for the next minutes of its screening time. Aside from The Warrens’ less screening time, the scares are becoming too predictable. For me, its now time to put Annabelle to its long deserved rest.

RATINGS:

6.5/10 POPCORN

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2018

The Nun (2018)

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When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the a demonic nun. The Nun is directed by Corin Hardy under Warner Bros. Pictures.

CAST: Taissa Farmiga, Demian Bichir, Bonnie Aarons, Charlotte Hope, Ingrid Bisu & Jonas Bloquet.

GENRE: Horror, Mystery

Here are the latest movie reviews in the CONJURING UNIVERSE:  Annabelle Creation| Conjuring 2

WHAT I LIKE?

The Nun is perhaps one of the most anticipated movies in the Conjuring Universe as it gave a chilling glimpse from Conjuring 2. What I like about The Nun is its dark and eerie atmosphere from beginning to end. The Nun picks up from a mysterious suicide that happened in an Abbey in Romania. The Vatican sent a Priest and a soon-to-be-Nun to investigate. What I like about the Nun is its cheap jump-out scares that is truly enjoyable for some screamfest fans out there. If you want to enjoy screaming with friends and strangers, watching The Nun should be on your list. Plot-wise, it is easy to follow with some interesting back story and history. If you are going to judge The Nun as a horror story, it got all the elements. The creepy and dark background was effective the whole time. The Nun and other ghost figures in the movie are truly horrifying. At some point, it is disturbing. Cinematography and Production design-wise, The Nun is okay. Acting-wise, The Nun offers a modest piece on the table. 

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

In as much as I want to glorify The Nun’s scary, spooky and creepy feels, the whole movie lacks in-depth plot presentation and execution from its narrative content. How I wish they could have given a deeper back story of The Nun and its dark past. Some scares were too predictable and overrated too. For me, I must give it to Conjuring 2 as the best movie in the Conjuring Universe. 

RATINGS:

7/10 Popcorn.

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2017

Annabelle Creation

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Sam and Ester, after 12 years of losing their daughter from an accident, welcomed a nun and six girl orphans at their farmhouse. Terror began when one of the girls found a cursed doll believed to be inhabited by a demonic force. This movie is directed by David Sandberg under New Line Cinema and is part of The Conjuring Universe.

Casts: Stephanie Sigman, Miranda Otto, Talitha Bateman, Anthony LaPaglia, Grace Fulton, Lulu Wilson, Philippa Coulthard, Samara Lee & Samara Lee.

Genre: Horror, Suspense

WHAT I LIKE?

Annabelle Creation is truly a redeeming installment of its lackluster predecessor. Its great to see a much improved interpretation for this 2nd flick. The story simply evolves on a simple farmhouse where six orphans were accommodated by the Mullins. Plot-wise, the movie will bring you to a clearer origin of Annabelle. What I like about the movie is how it played well on the mood and creepy atmosphere of majority of the scenes. Also, I must commend the solid jump-out scares that really better and scarier this time. The tone of the movie is superb. I love the location of the house and the production design. I also love its consistency as a period film. The film generally pulled some thrilling scenes that will truly leave you breathless. If you are in for some screamfest, Annabelle Creation is for you. What I also like about the movie is the characters especially the young girls. They all played pretty well in their portrayals. Annabelle Creation can easily be part of your Hollywood Horror List.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

If you are a fan of Insidious kind of horror, you may find Annabelle Creation sluggish. At some point, I felt there were too many gaps and horror scenes are piece by piece. Slower approach on these scenes are really risky especially if lots of good horror films are produced in Hollywood. The scarers were effective but I still prefer Insidious than Annabelle Creation. Also, the plot is thinly-written and is really visible almost half of the film. How I wish they were creative enough in investing on the phasing rather than play so much with the mood. Still, I enjoyed the film with a handful of screams.

RATINGS:

8/10 Popcorns.

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