Annabelle Comes Home

Annabelle Comes Home

2019, R, 106 min. Directed by Gary Dauberman. Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, Steve Coulter, Emily Brobst, Samara Lee, Michael Cimino, Stephen Blackehart.

REVIEWED By Marc Savlov, Fri., June 28, 2019

James Wan’s so-called “Conjuring Universe” of interrelated lo-fi creepshows continues with this seventh entry featuring the titular devil doll (racking up her third standalone feature) and assorted series regulars. Now looking like the unsettling aftermath of a Carol Channing/Marty Feldman car crash, Annabelle’s “home” is in a glass case in the basement of husband-and-wife demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Wilson, Farmiga). Bound by biweekly prayer visitations from Father Gordon (Coulter) and regular showers of holy water, Annabelle nonetheless manages to again wreak hellacious havoc after the Warrens leave their precocious – and psychic! – tween daughter Judy (Grace) in the care of babysitter Mary Ellen (Iseman) and her overly curious, semi-bad gal pal Daniela (Sarife).

Since their introduction in 2013’s The Conjuring, the Warrens have amassed a veritable reliquary of accursed items, malicious knickknacks, and the occasional malevolent board game, all of which are safely locked away in their basement. Well, not that safe, of course. Despite the pointed “Warning! Do not enter!” sign posted on the basement o’ doom’s door, Daniela snoops her way in and accidentally on purpose frees the eponymous manikin. There’s a bit of subplot involving the recent demise of her father and the resultant survivor’s guilt, but that’s of lesser importance to the story than the newly resurrected Annabelle’s ability to unleash unholy terror in her ongoing quest to steal someone’s soul. Or something like that.

Debuting director and frequent series scribe Dauberman throws everything he can think of against the sitters and their charge, not least among them a fully kitted-out samurai warrior and a werewolf, but the shock cuts and cheap scares grow tiring quickly, even for die-hard fans of the Conjuring clique. What keeps Annabelle Comes Home from being an outright yawn-fest is the film’s innate sense of goofy humor. Kudos to Cimino as Bob, a lovesick dope given to riffing on Say Anything…’s Lloyd Dobler and his boombox wooing, as well as a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo from The Addams Family member Thing.

Neither the worst nor the best of the Conjuring franchise, Annabelle Comes Home is only as creepy as it needs to be and no more. Keep your expectations low and you might just enjoy it.

Showtimes

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Sun., July 21

digital 11:30am, 2:20, 5:10, 8:00, 10:50

Mon., July 22

digital 11:30am, 2:20, 5:10, 8:00, 10:50

Tue., July 23

digital 11:30am, 2:20, 5:10, 8:00, 10:50

Wed., July 24

digital 11:30am, 2:20, 5:10, 8:00, 10:50

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Sun., July 21

digital 9:20

Mon., July 22

digital 9:20

Tue., July 23

digital 9:20

Wed., July 24

digital 9:20

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Sun., July 21

digital 8:00, 10:40

Mon., July 22

digital 8:00, 10:40

Tue., July 23

digital 8:00, 10:40

Wed., July 24

digital 8:00, 10:40

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., July 21

digital 3:05, 5:40, 8:15

Mon., July 22

digital 12:30, 3:05, 5:40, 8:15, 10:15

Tue., July 23

digital 12:30, 3:05, 5:40, 8:15, 10:15

Wed., July 24

digital 12:30, 3:05, 5:40, 8:15, 10:15

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Sun., July 21

digital 10:00

Mon., July 22

digital 9:50

Tue., July 23

digital 10:10

Wed., July 24

digital 9:50

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Sun., July 21

9:45

Mon., July 22

9:45

Tue., July 23

10:35

Wed., July 24

10:00

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Sun., July 21

4:25, 10:30
CC 10:25am

Mon., July 22

1:30, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15

Tue., July 23

1:30, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15
CC 10:45am

Wed., July 24

4:25
CC 10:25am

Thu., July 25

1:30, 4:20
CC 10:45am

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Sun., July 21

7:25, 9:50

Mon., July 22

7:25, 9:50

Tue., July 23

7:25, 9:50

Wed., July 24

7:25, 9:50

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 11:45am, 2:40, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Thu., July 25

CC/DVS 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Sun., July 21

10:45

Mon., July 22

10:45

Tue., July 23

10:45

Wed., July 24

10:45

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Sun., July 21

10:30am, 2:00, 4:40, 7:40, 10:20

Mon., July 22

10:30am, 2:00, 4:40, 7:40, 10:20

Tue., July 23

10:30am, 2:00, 4:40, 7:40, 10:20

Wed., July 24

10:30am, 2:00, 4:40, 7:40, 10:20

Thu., July 25

10:30am, 2:00, 4:40, 7:40, 10:20

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sun., July 21

CC/DVS 10:35

Mon., July 22

CC/DVS 7:30, 10:00

Tue., July 23

CC/DVS 7:30, 10:00

Wed., July 24

CC/DVS 7:30, 10:00

Thu., July 25

CC/DVS 9:40

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KEYWORDS FOR THIS FILM

Annabelle Comes Home, Gary Dauberman, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, Steve Coulter, Emily Brobst, Samara Lee, Michael Cimino, Stephen Blackehart

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