Annabelle (2014)

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German title Annabelle
Original title Annabelle
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Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2014
length 99 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
JMK 16
Director John R. Leonetti
script Gary Dauberman
production Peter Safran
James Wan
music Joseph Bishara
camera James Knees
cut Tom Elkins

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Annabelle 2

Annabelle is an American horror film that was released in 2014. It is the first offshoot of the film Conjuring - The Visitation and the second film within the Conjuring universe .

Both films are inspired by the case of the real rag doll " Annabelle " from the 1970s, which was investigated by haunted researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren . In Conjuring the doll has a brief cameo , in Annabelle the plot revolves around a doll with supernatural abilities.


1970 in Santa Monica , California. Mia and John Form are expecting their first child soon. A present should make Mia even happier than she already is: John completes Mia's doll collection with a large doll. The following night, a Satanist couple kills the Higgins in a neighboring house and then invades the Forms house. Mia is seriously injured before the police can shoot the man; the young woman commits suicide while holding the new doll in her arms. It is Annabelle Higgins, the neighbors' daughter, who disappeared two years earlier and joined a sect.

After this incident, Mia, who survived the incident as well as her unborn child, stays in bed and tries to distract herself somehow. She still has the feeling that she is not alone. Electrical appliances run without anyone turning them on and an inexplicable fire breaks out in the house.

Fortunately, Mia's baby Leah is born healthy. By moving, they want to leave behind all of the negative experiences they had in the old house. In their new home, they are amazed to find that the doll that John last brought is in one of the moving boxes. John had actually thrown it in the trash at Mia's request. Mia places her with the others, and the mysterious incidents from her previous home begin to repeat themselves. Mia sees people wandering around the apartment when her husband is out. In addition, Mia and Leah are attacked by ghosts. Mia begins researching the raid on her former home. It turns out that Annabelle Higgins had tried to conjure up a demon. Mia finds more information in a book from Evelyn's bookstore, a neighbor from the apartment building. The demon that was conjured up has entered the doll and seeks the soul of an innocent being that is offered to him or is offered to him. The young woman is shocked to discover that the demon is after the soul of her child Leah.

In their distress, the couple turned to Father Perez for advice. He first suggests taking the ominous doll outside the home. While trying to take the doll to a holy place, his church, Father Perez is thrown through the air and seriously injured. He is admitted to the hospital where John works as a doctor.

The ghosts begin to rage again in the Forms apartment when Mia is alone with her neighbor Evelyn. Then baby Leah disappears. The demon drives Mia insane and makes her believe that she has slayed Leah in her madness. She begs the demon to give her the child back, but the demon wants Mia's life in return. In the end, Mia is nervously ready to sacrifice her life for that of her daughter. John returning home can barely prevent her from jumping out the window. Instead, Evelyn, who once caused the accidental death of her own daughter, falls into the depths in the hope that the demon will rest afterwards.

The doll disappears after Evelyn's suicide. However, the viewer learns that after a short time it will be offered for sale in an antique shop. An elderly lady shows up and asks the salesman about a suitable present for her daughter, who works as a nurse. This closes the circle to the very first scene in which young nurses report eerie incidents with the doll, and it is a reference to the actual occurrences .


The film was shot on a budget of $ 6.5 million. The worldwide box office is more than 256 million US dollars.

All apartment and elevator scenes were filmed in a real apartment building. These are the Langham Apartments in Los Angeles .

The doll from the underlying case is now in a locked glass case in the Warren Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut. In the scene in the shop at the end of the film, a replica of the real "Annabelle" can be seen sitting on a tall cupboard in the background.

The music composer, Joseph Bishara, made a brief appearance as a ghost. He already took on the role of Bathsheba in The Conjuring and can also be seen as the "Lipstick-faced Demon" in Insidious .

The release of the prequel Annabelle 2 ( Annabelle: Creation ) was announced for August 2017 . The film opened in the United States on August 11 and was released in German cinemas on August 24, 2017.

In April 2018, Warner Bros. announced that New Line Cinema was working on another sequel to the Annabelle films, which will premiere in July 2019. As a director, screenwriter Gary Dauberman was hired, who will make his directorial debut with the film. James Wan and Peter Safran will once again produce the film project together through their production companies Atomic Monster and The Peter Safran Company . Annabelle 3 was released in 2019.

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