While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.
A worthy addition to the “Conjuring” universe, this is the best of the three “Annabelle” movies because it is an old school horror film that’s modest in scope, yet high on scares and fun. Young McKenna Grace continues to impress as the Warren’s worried daughter while Madison Iseman and Katie Sarife are fine as well. This is the perfect date movie as the film succeeds in providing old-fashioned jolts and then moments of tension-cutting laughter.
Gary Dauberman nimbly co-writes and directs this textbook creepy cinematic creation that will rival the likes of “Chucky,” the Zuni doll from “Trilogy of Terror,” “Willie” from “Twilight Zone” or even “Toy Story 4!” While there are many, many familiar and fail-proof horror tropes that Dauberman uses, there are a few unique techniques as well. And McKenna Grace carries this film using those sad and expressive round eyes to convey fear and strength when needed. With her co-stars Madison Iseman and Katie Sarife, the three balance one another to give us a chilling, sometimes silly and even awkwardly cute, horror film.