Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
Directed By: Gary Dauberman
Written By: Gary Dauberman
The Conjuring Universe has quickly become one of the worst bets in horror. Annabelle Comes Home is the movie that has finally tipped the scales and makes it official: There have been more bad Conjuring Universe films than good ones, with The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2 and Annabelle Creation being the only good entries.
Not only does Annabelle Comes Home tip the balance but it does so in spectacular fashion. 2019 is just a bit more than half over and I have a hard time believing that I will see a worse movie this year. Where did it go wrong? Well, it’s sort of hard to know where to start. The story is paper thin, the cast and/or their direction is awful, there is an over reliance on jump scares and the jump scares aren’t effective.
The movie is built around a room that supposedly exists in the home of the Warrens. This room is supposed to house a collection of evil, mystical, magical objects, including Annabelle. The Warrens leave town for the night and hire a babysitter to stay at their house with their 10 year old daughter. The babysitter invites a friend over, the friend breaks into the room, all hell breaks loose. That’s the entire story. The idea that the Warrens would keep these items in their own home with a young daughter always struck me as kind of strange, the idea that they would hire a babysitter to stay the night at their house while watching their daughter with these items in the home seems flat out irresponsible. Wouldn’t it make more sense to find someone who is able to watch your daughter at their house? Just some food for thought.
When it comes to the performances I can’t tell if it’s every single actor or the direction that they were given. Everyone seems off in this movie. The characters come across as awkward and weird. Granted they are school kids who are often awkward and weird in life but if that’s what they were going for it didn’t come across that way. It just comes across as a bunch of lazy performances.
Much like this year’s The Curse of La Llorona, Annabelle Comes Home relies on jump scares. Also like Llorona, the jump scares aren’t effective. You know when they are coming and you know what’s going to happen. Anytime there is a tense situation, a character will start loking around in the dark and then the screen will fill some demon’s face while they scream at you. It will make you jump the first couple of times but by the halfway point of the movie they don’t even do that anymore.
The Conjuring Universe should have never been created. We should have a nice group of Conjuring movies without these poorly written, acted and made side stories. I’m a big proponent of supporting horror at the box office but at some point that support has to stop so that these movies stop. I think this one is finally the one that has pushed me off the bandwagon for this franchise.