This is the latest entry in the Conjuring universe and one that aims to expand the general lore. It teases many possible future spin-offs and sequels, which could potentially be interesting. This particular film is more intimate in its setup, focusing around a few young girls that are trying to survive a hectic night.
This is an interesting release as it acts as a sequel to Annabelle’s tale while also focusing on the Warren family. The parents aren’t the focus here however, as their daughter Judy (Mckenna Grace) is taking charge. She’s being watched by Mary (Madison Iseman) and Daniela (Katie Sarife). The latter is having some emotional issues and one mistake plunges the group into a rather bad situation. This is another time piece, so you get some old school type elements thrown into the mix.
I always appreciate the era style of this series, and it’s interesting that they could potentially be setting up some more modern style events with their daughter during this one. This film isn’t quite as scary as the main Conjuring entries, but it brought some chills and an enjoyable watch.
This was well acted, you could see the horror and I liked the variety of spirits that came into play. It was sort of a wild, all out haunting experience. There’s a lot going on, and I liked the intimate self-contained style of this one.
It took place in a crowded environment, yet still provided some horror. It’s not the scariest of the franchise, but it brings chill and some very strange moments. They know how to switch things up, and I liked the core crew that was attempting to survive one night. It was also nice that they provided some additional world building, and we got to see more of the family side of the Warrens.
Annabelle is also just as creepy as usual, though with so much going on it didn’t seem like she was the core of this. That doll is definitely the centerpiece of the horror that’s going on, but she mostly just hopped around being a chilling factor around all this other terror.
Annabelle Comes Home is another solid entry in this horror universe, I enjoyed the intimate setup and the characters at play. It was a solid way to build the universe up, add new characters and of course round out the possible future entries. I actually really would like to see what they do with some of the side spirits that were presented.
There’s some solid potential there, and I’m still enjoying Annabelle. She wasn’t necessarily the center here, while being so, but she stills provides some terror. I wasn’t as scared as I am with the main entries of the Conjuring universe, but had some moments with deep chills. It’s easy to get into, and the core squad here was charming in their relatable setup. Their actions made some sense, and it was just a few girls battling the darkness in one confined space.
I like films that keep themselves contained, and this intimate setting of just being a house was great. They used the space well, and had a story with a bit of charm to it. This family is interesting, at least how they’re portrayed in these films. I look forward to more of the universe in the future.
Annabelle Comes Home Review at Theater with Standard Viewing Screening Provided by Warner Brothers