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Re: The Last Movie You Watched Thread
So I saw Annabelle Comes Home.
The good: the first 20-30 minutes or so have this endearing 2010s-tinged Roger Corman aesthetic with inexplicably Skippy Peanut Butter-level-thick fog, largely well-blocked and well-timed jump-scares (this whole Conjuring "expanded cinematic universe" uses jump-scares like Tiny Tim uses his crutch, but if you're going to reach for that, at least do it well) and the tripartite of youths populating the center of this particular story are all reasonably likable.
And... That's pretty much it. There is one fairly long sequence of silence set in a series of rooms that is well-executed by first-time director Gary Dauberman around the film's two-thirds point, and a color wheel prop used to charmingly cheesy effect, so throw those on the "good" side of the scale, too, just to be kind.
The rest is just so terribly pedestrian, a feeling exacerbated by the film's general reliance on myriad familiar tropes of horror this universe has utilized again and again. The film has this largely low level of energy it can never overcome, and a shoehorned romantic subplot that is more horrifying than any elements of horror. It is a little cute that the film attempts to bring to light other "cases" of Lorraine and Ed Warren, but it chiefly seems as though it is yet another probable cynical ploy to have some other spin-off or another.
It's mostly more forgettable than downright awful, though, so it's a marked improvement over The Nun, a stunningly horrid, lifeless affair and one of the decade's worst.
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