Annabelle Comes Home
Annabelle Comes Home (2019) is the sequel to Annabelle: Creation (2017) and the seventh film in The Conjuring Universe, which includes titles such as The Conjuring (2013), The Nun (2018) and The Curse of La Llorona (2019).
The movie was directed by Gary Dauberman in his directorial debut, and features performances by Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman and Katie Sarife. It tells the story of Annabelle, a possessed doll that terrifies Judy, the daughter of demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.
As usual in The Conjuring Universe movies, Annabelle Comes Home doesn’t go beyond the typical formula focused on surprise rather than fear. Although the direction and performances are great indeed, it seems that they didn’t dare to take risks with the script or the proposal in general.
The film feels like a collection of scenes preparing the viewer to get a new scare, leaving aside any narrative resources that immerses us in an experience of fear or suspense. The predictable construction of the scenes makes the jumpscare have no impact, so Annabelle Comes Home feels repetitive and outdated.
Although this is one of the most common failures in horror movies, it’s worrisome that the jumpscare continues to be an important resource to films like Annabelle Comes Home, which has a very capable production and cast. We hope that The Conjuring Universe will continue to expand its catalog with new and daring proposals.