A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Raises interesting ideas/questions about death. For one, if the Warrens are based on real-life people, does that mean there's evidence of an existence after death? For another, the young girl has trouble making friends because kids her age can't handle her family's association with death. Why are we so afraid of it?
Positive Role Models
Mary Ellen is an extremely responsible teen babysitter who's doing her best to follow the rules and protect and take care of Judy, both physically and emotionally, even in the face of danger and terror.
Violence & Scariness
Intense moments of terror. Ghosts, demons, etc. Rampaging werewolf/hellhound. Teen girl's face covered with blood. Ghost "vomits" blood into her mouth. Knife-wielding ghost wears blood-covered dress. Teen girl stabbed in stomach. Ghost suddenly has bloody face. Man nearly hit by a truck. Scary swordfighting, screaming noises. Bullying at school. A teen wants to contact her dead father.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens flirt. Teen boy leans in for kiss but is interrupted.
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Use of "f--k." A few uses of "s--t," "balls," "oh my God."
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Products & Purchases
A scene in an early 1970s market, with many brands visible on the shelf: Trix cereal, Velveeta cheese, etc. Milton Bradley logo visible on board game.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Annabelle Comes Home is the third Annabelle movie and the seventh film in The Conjuring horror franchise. While the movie isn't especially original, it's well-made and has plenty of intense scares. Expect lots of scary ghosts, demons, and monsters, as well as very spooky sounds and music. One creature wields a knife while wearing a bloody dress, and another has a bloody face. There's a stabbing in the stomach, and a scene of a ghost "vomiting" a stream of blood into a character's face. A character is bullied, and a man is nearly hit by a truck. Language includes a use of "f--k" and a few uses of "s--t" and "balls." Teens flirt a bit, and a teen boy tries for a kiss but is thwarted. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's not exactly groundbreaking, but this seventh movie in The Conjuring horror franchise is crafty and shrewdly made. It whips up many good scares and has logical, accessible characters. In the complex series timeline, Annabelle Comes Home follows Annabelle (2014) and Annabelle: Creation (2017); it takes place in the 1970s, after the events of the first The Conjuring (2013). All that aside, however, the main thing that matters here is the simple fact that Annabelle is an evil demon and is after somebody's soul. Screenwriter Gary Dauberman (Annabelle, It, The Nun) makes his directing debut, following a template established by creator James Wan: spooky use of three-dimensional space, sleight-of-hand rhythm, and spare cutting. He takes to it expertly.
Dauberman also has a great deal of fun with the forbidden room and all its various, monstrous treasures. But the real trick here is the characters. Little Judy, who seems to have picked up some of her mother's clairvoyance, is having trouble at school because of her parents' work and can't seem to make friends. Daniela is also quite touching, hoping to communicate with her dead father while blaming herself for his death; she's more than just a busybody poking around where she shouldn't be. And it's a welcome surprise to see Farmiga and Wilson back as the Warrens. All in all, everything clicks satisfyingly into place for a solid scarefest that's worth getting dolled up for.
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