Hey, a movie about a creepy antique doll! Well, that’s new. This cheapo spin-off prequel from The Conjuring focuses on the backstory of the titular doll that appeared late in that vastly better movie.
This cash-grab offers nothing remotely original, the music’s oppressive, the acting’s anemic, the scares are surface-level and instantly forgettable, the dialogue’s labored and it plagiarizes from several other movies. (It’s such a blatant rip-off of Rosemary’s Baby that the main characters are even named Mia and John.) At least the doll is not animated. Chucky, this ain’t; skippable, this is. Japanese title: Annabelle: Shiryōkan no Ningyō. (98 min)