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Annabelle Review

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Young couple Mia (Wallis) and John (Horton), expecting a baby, have their house invaded by a couple of Satanic cultists, who end up dead. Except the spirit of one of the murdered hippies has transferred to Mia’s prized, if somewhat creepy, doll.

★★★★★

A spin-off from The Conjuring, delving into the origins of the scary, supernatural doll who guest starred in the earlier movie. We learn that Annabelle is infused with the spirit of a deranged hippie chick from a Manson-style cult and began her evil career persecuting the significantly-named Mia (Annabelle Wallis) and John (Ward Horton), dull young marrieds in 1970 who inherit the curse when their next-door neighbours are murdered. John R. Leonetti, whose directorial CV includes Mortal Kombat Annihilation, stages a few okay scares but is stuck with a dud script and bland leads.

A couple of good jumps but this Conjuring spin-off is led down by poor writing, anodyne leads and and overwhelming sense of familiarity.

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