What do you get if you fuse elements of Rosemary’s Baby with Chucky, the possessed doll from the Child’s Play movies? Annabelle, that’s what. This 1970’s-set prequel to the hit horror The Conjuring sees young church-going Californian couple, Mia (Annabelle Wallis) and John (Ward Horton), coming under supernatural attack after a satanic cult member gives demonic life to a vintage doll.
But while it might lack the genuine frights that made The Conjuring so memorable, Annabelle is a modestly effective chiller with a solid cast and at least two genuine shocks; and the real scares on offer are in what you don’t see rather than the jump out of the shadows variety.
Annabelle screens on Sky Box Office & Virgin Movies from Monday 23 February and is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Amazon (click here)