Alright, time for a quickie movie review for one of the (I’ve lost count) number of films I have seen this quarantine.

Director: Gary Dauberman
Writers: James Wan, Gary Dauberman

Stars: Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, Mckenna Grace, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson
Release Date: June 26, 2019

It didn’t stink!

Genuinely my first through at the end of Annabelle Comes Home. The latest installment in The Conjuring movie universe is a step in the right direction from the past films I have seen in the franchise. It is MOST definitely better than The Curse of La Llorona.

Annabelle Comes Home is incredibly simple in its premise. Mary Ellen (Madison Iseman) is the babysitter for the Warren family’s young little girl, Judy (Mckenna Grace). Naturally the Warren’s have a house full of haunted and curse objects (as does anyone, right?) and all hell breaks lose when Mary Ellen’s friend Katie Sarife (Daniele Rios) breaches the seal of the door and unlocks Annabelle. From there Judy is forced to grow up and help guide Mary Ellen and Daniela Rios through a series of disturbing moments involving a multitude of not-so-kind ghosts and spirits.

Okay, maybe the bar is set really low when it comes to this franchise at the moment, but Annabelle Comes Home has enough good in it to outweigh the bad. Iseman is incredibly charismatic as the mentoring babysitter, but overall, it’s the trios chemistry that brings the movie above the par level. The three of them commiserate most in the opening 30-40 minutes, and as a result the first half of the movie is much stronger than the second half, even though it didn’t have the typical jump scares one comes to expect.

Think of Annabelle Comes Home like a local golf course…where there isn’t a ton of yardage to play with. As a result, the par on the course is just a 68, so the possibility for self-happiness is high with the relative expectations of difficulty being so low.

The major negative aspect of Annabelle Comes Home is its final climax. It is literally not scary at all. No tension at all. Was predictable, even for a horror movie like this. When watching a horror movie, you have to have the last punch of nerves or pure terror. There is no such thing in Annabelle Comes Home. Not even a paper-football finger flick.

Even with its less than thrilling ending, Annabelle Comes Home is still better than it has any right to be. It’s more than a bit tolerable for a background viewing experience. Doesn’t involve a lot of thinking. Doesn’t try to hard. And it’s all for the best.

STANKO RATING: B (3.0/5 Stars)

“Annabelle Comes Home” IMDB
“Annabelle Comes Home” Rotten Tomatoes

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