"Reel Reviews: ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ with predictable jump scares, barely creepy" by: Jessica Shepard

   I’ve been a fan of “The Conjuring” movie series since its beginning in 2013.
   Even with all of its twists and turns and offshoots – the Annabelle tangent just hasn’t left as much of an impression on me.
   Let alone actually provide anything beyond a few well-timed jump scares.
   Annabelle Comes Home is a supernatural horror film based on the legend of the Annabelle doll and serves as a sequel to 2014’s Annabelle and 2017’s Annabelle: Creation, and as the seventh installment in the Conjuring Universe franchise. 
   The film is written and directed by Gary Dauberman in his directorial debut, from a story co-written with James Wan. 
   Wan also produced the film with Peter Safran. 
   The film stars Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Michael Cimino, and Katie Sarife, along with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren.
   In 1968, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Wilson and Farmiga) bring the Annabelle doll to their home after claims from two nurses, Debbie and Camilla, that the doll often performed violent activities in their apartment. 
   The doll summons spirits to attack Ed as they drive to their home but he survives and Annabelle is placed in a glass case made of recycled church glass in the couple’s artifacts room and blessed by Father Gordon to ensure her evil is contained.
   Four years later, the Warrens welcome Mary Ellen (Iseman), who will be in charge of babysitting the couple’s daughter, Judy (Grace), to their home when they go overnight to investigate another case. 
   At school, Judy sees the spirit of a priest that begins following her and is scared to tell her parents since she’s been hiding her ability to see spirits from them. 
   After shopping at her friend’s supermarket and talking with her crush, Bob Palmeri (Cimino), Mary Ellen starts to bake a cake for Judy’s birthday. 
   Her friend Daniela (Carife) arrives uninvited to the Warrens’ home.
      Daniela, who is curious about speaking to the dead after the death of her father, gives a pair of roller skates to Judy as her birthday present and convinces her to play with Mary Ellen outside. 
   While they are away, Daniela tries to get into the artifacts room but finds the room securely locked.
   Daniela finds the door’s key in the Warren’s home office and starts exploring and touching artifacts, ultimately trying to contact her late father with an artifact called the Mourner’s Bracelet. 
   She accidentally leaves Annabelle’s glass case unlocked after hearing a knock that makes her think that her father is attempting to communicate. 
   The terror begins shortly afterward with a knock at the front door but appears to be no one there. 
   The spirit of Bee Mullins, daughter to Annabelle’s creator, interrupts Mary Ellen and gives her a decent creepy moment asking for Annabelle before disappearing. 
   Later that night, Annabelle begins releasing other spirits, such as the Ferryman, the Bride, cursed samurai armor, a Feeley Meeley board game, and a hellhound.
   Ignoring the jump scares and obvious cliché set-up scares, the movie’s only true horror is 1970s interior decorating.
   Even then, it must have scared some people because it’s ranked number two in box offices worldwide, raking in over $78 million while being rated R for horror violence and terror.

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