Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Bloody "Conjuring" prequel is scary, if not too original.

R 2014 98 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 26 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 105 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 9+

Creepy film has bloody images

Annabelle is a horror prequel centered around demons, murder and a possessed doll. VIOLENCE: One scene of severe violence in the film, followed by some disturbing images throughout. Towards the beginning, we see blood splatter on a a neighbors window followed by screaming. Then, a pregnant woman is stabbed in the stomach by a cultist (who murdered the neighbors). Then, the woman’s husband attacks the 2 cultists, but is bashed in the leg with a metal object before police storm the home and shoot one of the cultists repeatedly, killing him. When the police enter the other room, the second cultist is shown with her throat slit open and blood pouring down her neck and shirt into the eye of a doll along with a satanic symbol drawn with blood on the wall beside her. This is the bloodiest and one of the most disturbing sequences in any conjuring film, and is very graphic. A priest is thrown down the steps of a church by an evil force and lands on the concrete. He survives, however blood is splattered near his body, presumably his head. A woman violently smashes a doll against a crib. A cultist woman is shown on multiple occasions with blood splattered in her shirt (the same woman who killed the neighbors). During the beginning, multiple people are shown covered in blood. A woman jumps out a window and falls a long height. The drop isn’t shown but her corpse lying on the concrete is shown repeatedly with a large amount of blood splattered under her head on the concrete. LANGUAGE: None, maybe a few mild terms like “hell”. OVERALL: 9+ for a disturbing scene and some bloody images

This title has:

Too much violence
age 14+

It’s good for ages 14+

There is some gory parts like a character gets stabbed. There is many frightening moments. But my 12 year old watched this and she was fine after.

This title has:

Too much violence

Movie Details

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