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Annabelle Comes Home

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
Annabelle Comes Home Movie Poster Image
Not much new, but sequel is well-crafted and spooky.
  • R
  • 2019
  • 106 minutes
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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.

Sex

Teens flirt. Teen boy leans in for kiss but is interrupted.

Language

Use of "f--k." A few uses of "s--t," "balls," "oh my God."

Consumerism

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymoviecrticsz June 25, 2019

Good for mature teens

This is the 2nd best entry of conjuring universe. 98/100
Adult Written bysaadg125 July 17, 2019

Rated 12A for horror violence and some bloody images

Average decent horror flick not bad at all but not groundbreaking either. Just average. My age rating system: U for all PG parental guidance is necessary 12A... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBluJay June 25, 2019

OMG tho

Ok so Annabelle and Chucky or any nightmare doll gives me the chills but this was full of it unless ur like me then don’t watch it at night or alone watch it wi... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byxk_ae July 9, 2019

Not scary and disappointing...

Look, I believe this film is just a cheap cash grab to get teens and kid's attention. Relies on cheap jumpscares and ends quickly with religious stuff. It... Continue reading

What's the story?

In ANNABELLE COMES HOME, paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) have just wrapped up a case involving a demonic doll, Annabelle. They decide to bring the doll to their room of haunted, cursed objects and lock it away. Some time later, they head out on a new case and leave their daughter, Judy (Mckenna Grace), in the hands of trusted babysitter Mary Ellen (Madison Iseman). Mary Ellen's friend Daniela (Katie Sarife) comes over, determined to explore the secret room for her own reasons. Unfortunately, Annabelle escapes and starts wreaking havoc, looking for a soul to possess. She also unleashes several other monsters, including a hellhound and the terrifying Ferryman. Can the girls survive this night of horror?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Annabelle Comes Home's violence. How much blood and gore is shown? Was it gross? Shocking? Funny? How did the filmmakers achieve this effect?

  • Is the movie scary? What's the appeal of scary movies?

  • How does the movie compare to the other entries in the Conjuring series? How does this universe work overall?

  • Given that these movies are based on real-life cases by the real-life Warrens, what do you think about the possibility of some kind of existence after death?

  • Why is Judy bullied at school? How is this problem solved? Could it have been handled any other way? A better way?

Movie details

For kids who love scares

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