Last month we discovered the origins of Annabelle in the first teaser trailer, and now we get to meet the first family she ever terrorized. The first full-length trailer reiterates the possessed doll’s intentions and dark demeanor while showing a few more tricks up her sleeve. Slight spoilers beware! Watch the new trailer at your own risk after the break.
Aside from the popcorn bit horror fans were privy to in Wes Craven’s Scream, this new trailer for Annabelle does a great job at delivering the right scares to pique my interest. I just hope the marketing team didn’t giveaway their entire hand. Director John Leonetti has mirrored the look of The Conjuring fairly well for Annabelle, mostly due to his role as cinematography for that movie.
The couple played by ironically Annabelle Willis and her onscreen husband Ward Horton seem to be competent enough. I just hope they don’t go through the stupid trope of the husband not believing his scared wife. This scenario always plays out the same and it is quite aggravating to watch unfold.
My biggest concern is whether or not Leonetti can create the same energy and terror that The Conjuring was able to produce. Although James Wan helped produce Annabelle, he didn’t write it; first time feature screenwriter Gary Dauberman did. And Leonetti’s filmography as a director is no walk in the park either with titles like Mortal Kombat: Annihilation and The Butterfly Effect 2. However, Leonetti has acted as cinematographer for many of Wan’s films, so hopefully he has picked up many of his tricks of the trade.
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Here is the official plot synopsis of Annabelle via Apple Trailers:
She terrified you in “The Conjuring,” but this is where it all began for Annabelle. Capable of unspeakable evil, the actual doll exists locked up in an occult museum in Connecticut—visited only by a priest who blesses her twice a month. New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller “Annabelle” begins before the evil was unleashed. John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now…Annabelle.
Directed by John R. Leonetti, Annabelle stars Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard, Eric Ladin, Briwn Howe, Tony Amendola, and John Leonetti.
Annabelle arrives in theaters on October 3, 2014
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Source: Warner Bros.