Annabelle Comes Home
Annabelle Comes Home is a 2019 American supernatural horror film based on the legend of the Annabelle doll. It serves as a sequel to 2014's Annabelle and 2017's Annabelle: Creation, and as the seventh installment in the Conjuring Universe franchise. The film is written and directed by Gary Dauberman in his directorial debut, from a story co-written with James Wan. Wan also produced the film with Peter Safran. The film stars Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, and Katie Sarife, along with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren.
|Annabelle Comes Home|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gary Dauberman|
|Screenplay by||Gary Dauberman|
|Music by||Joseph Bishara|
|Edited by||Kirk M. Morri|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Box office||$221.8 million|
The film was theatrically released in the United States on June 26, 2019. It received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed $221.8 million worldwide.
In 1968, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren confiscate the Annabelle doll from nurses Debbie and Camilla, who claim that the doll often performed violent activities in their apartment. During the drive back home, the doll summons spirits to attack Ed, but he narrowly survives. Annabelle is locked in a sacred glass case in the couple's artifacts room that is blessed by Father Gordon to ensure the evil is contained.
Four years later, the Warrens welcome Mary Ellen, who will be in charge of babysitting their daughter, Judy, at the house while they travel overnight to investigate another case. At school, Judy notices the spirit of a priest that begins following her. Mary Ellen's friend Daniela arrives uninvited to the Warrens' home, who is secretly curious about speaking to the dead. She sneaks into the artifacts room and starts examining artifacts, ultimately trying to contact her late father. She abruptly leaves Annabelle's glass case unlocked, and the terror begins shortly afterward with the spirit of Bee Mullins unleashed. That night, Annabelle begins releasing other spirits, such as the Ferryman, the Bride, a Feeley Meeley board game, and the Black Shuck.
Mary Ellen's crush Bob Palmeri arrives outside and serenades her, but is later attacked by the Black Shuck and hides in the Warrens' backyard. Mary Ellen is tormented by the Ferryman, while Judy is confronted by Annabelle in her bedroom. Daniela had left earlier, but sneaks back to return the artifacts room's keys. She gets locked inside the room and tormented by various objects, such as a piano and an old television that can predict the near future. She finds the Mourner's Bracelet and sees her father twisted into a malevolent spirit. A bloody and screaming Daniela appears on the television screen after having answered a cursed telephone. The real Daniela later unwittingly reaches to answer the telephone, but is interrupted by Judy and Mary Ellen.
Judy explains that they must lock Annabelle in her case again so the other spirits will rest. Bob protects Judy from the Black Shuck as she retrieves Mary Ellen's asthma inhaler, while Daniela is attacked and possessed by the Bride. Eventually, Mary Ellen and Judy find the doll when the priest's spirit, acting as Judy's guardian, guides them to the Ferryman. They manage to retrieve the glass case's key after they are attacked by demonic hands from the Feeley Meeley board game and a possessed Daniela, but struggle to secure the case as the demon of the doll physically attacks them. Daniela recovers when Judy had played Ed's recorded footage of the Bride's exorcism, and helps replace the doll. After the case is locked, the disturbances cease as the spirits return to their slumber, and Bob reunites with the trio.
Ed and Lorraine return the next morning and the girls approach them to recount the eventful night. Daniela apologizes to Lorraine, who gives her a comforting message from her father. Later, many friends gather to celebrate Judy's birthday party.
- Mckenna Grace as Judy Warren
- Madison Iseman as Mary Ellen
- Katie Sarife as Daniela Rios
- Patrick Wilson as Ed Warren
- Vera Farmiga as Lorraine Warren
- Michael Cimino as Bob Palmeri
- Paul Dean as Mr. Palmeri
- Steve Coulter as Father Gordon
- Luca Luhan as Anthony Rios
- Anthony Wemmys as Mr. Rios
- Alison White as Mrs. Faley
- Stephen Blackehart as Thomas
- Sade Katarina as Camilla
- Kenzie Caplan as Debbie
- Gary-7 as Late Father Michael Morrisey / Priest Spirit
- Samara Lee as Annabelle "Bee" Mullins
- Natalia Safran as The Bride
- Douglas Tait as the Black Shuck
- Alexander Ward as Annabelle's Demon / The Ram
In early April 2018, Warner Bros. announced July 3, 2019, as the release date for a then-untitled new film in the Conjuring Universe franchise. Later that month, it was announced that the film would be another installment in the Annabelle series, with Gary Dauberman signed on to write and direct the film in his directorial debut, based on a story treatment written by Dauberman and James Wan. Wan and Peter Safran co-produced the project. During the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con, James Wan and Peter Safran revealed the film's events would take place after Annabelle and would focus on the doll after she was kept in the glass case in the Warrens' museum. Gary Dauberman later confirmed this by stating that the film will take place shortly after the beginning of The Conjuring where the titular character is introduced, but also before many of the events of the franchise's first installment. On September 5, 2018, Michael Burgess was hired as the film's cinematographer.
In late September 2018, Mckenna Grace was cast in the film as Judy Warren, the Warrens' 10-year-old daughter, and Madison Iseman as one of Judy's teenage babysitters. By October, Katie Sarife had joined the cast. That same month, it was announced Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga would reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren. Principal photography commenced by mid-October in Los Angeles. On December 7, Patrick Wilson announced that he had finished filming his scenes, and a week later, filming officially wrapped. In February 2019, Joseph Bishara—who composed the scores for The Conjuring, Annabelle, The Conjuring 2, and The Curse of La Llorona—was revealed to be returning to score Annabelle Comes Home. On March 30, 2019, Kirk Morri was hired as the film's editor.
Annabelle Comes Home was theatrically released in the United States on June 26, 2019, by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema. It was originally scheduled for release on July 3, 2019, but was later moved up to June 28, and then to June 26.
On March 15, 2019, New Line Cinema released a teaser revealing the official title of the film. The first trailer was released on March 30, 2019. A second trailer was released on May 28, 2019.
The film is dedicated to Lorraine Warren, who died in April 2019.
In the United States and Canada, the film was projected to gross $30–35 million from 3,587 theaters over its first five days. It made $7.2 million on its first day, including $3.5 million from Tuesday night previews, the third-best total of any Conjuring installment. It then made $3.6 million on its second day of release for a two-day total of $10.8 million. It went on to debut to $20.3 million (a five-day total of $31.2 million), finishing second at the box office behind holdover Toy Story 4 and marking the lowest start of any Conjuring film. In its second weekend the film dropped 52% and grossed $9.8 million, finishing in fifth.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 66% based on 186 reviews, with an average rating of 5.85/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Fun for fans even if it isn't as frightening as some of its predecessors, Annabelle Comes Home suggests there's still some life left in the Conjuring franchise." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 53 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B−" on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it an average 2.5 out of 5 stars, and a 42% "definite recommend".
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