‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Review: The ‘Conjuring’-Verse Delivers a Hyper-Haunted Horror Funhouse

Collider | 6/24/2019 | Haleigh Foutch
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The Conjuring franchise is a force in the contemporary horror landscape. That same golden James Wan touch that sparked franchising with Saw and Insidious struck again on the 2013 horror hit, which struck box office gold and helped revive New Line Cinema, aka the House that Freddy Built, as a dominant player in the genre. Now, six years later, The Conjuring has a full-blown horror universe, shared with Annabelle, The Nun, and The Curse of La Llorona and it’s time for some of those delightful callbacks and crossovers that can make a cinematic universe so satisfying.

With Annabelle Comes Home, the Conjuring-verse essentially gets its Fast Five, so to speak, a non-stop thrill ride that brings back some franchise favorites for another spooky adventure, while introducing new players with spinoff potential of their own. New Line and Conjuring-verse screenwriting regular Gary Dauberman, who penned the scripts for Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, and The Nun, makes his directorial debut on Annabelle Comes Home, for which he also wrote the script, and he knocks it out of the park with a delightful piece of popcorn horror.

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Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as Ed and Lorraine Warren, the charming demonologists and paranormal investigators at the heat of Wan’s Conjuring films. Set in 1971, the film finds the Warrens after the events of the first Conjuring film, when Annabelle is “safely” tucked away in their artifact room and the fallout from their growing, controversial reputation as exorcists reaps an unfortunate social toll on their young daughter, Judy (McKenna Grace), who shares some of her mother’s frightening gifts. Dauberman smartly wields the Warrens as a straight shot to the core of the franchise, before sending the seasoned paranormal pros out of the picture, turning the spotlight to Judy for a lighter, more adventurous and youthful approach to...
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