1969, John and My Gordona the birth of the first-born wait. When Miya already just about should give birth, spouses become witnesses of bloody slaughter which members of occult sect arrange in the house of neighbors. One of murderers will wound Mia, and the second commits a suicide, having taken thus on hands the doll which has been recently presented by John to the wife. Since then in a family Gordonov the inexplicable paranormal phenomena which do not stop even begin after they move.
James Van does not pull on the prophet and the reformer, but it is one of the most skillful and technical directors working in a genre of a horror. Its dilogy "Astral" and "Paternoster" returned a fashion on old-fashioned mystical horror films – well put, well told, well played, well removed. A such gold standard on which it is necessary to equal everything who tries to work in this genre. Alas, the director was dragged away from horrors «by the Forcing 7» so to continue begun by Van others undertook – «The Astral 3» is removed by screenwriter Li Uonnel, backs-off of "Paternoster" got to operator John R. Leonetti.
Leonetti not to get used to pick up another’s projects – "Annabel" in his filmography is registered on the third feature film, and before it were «Mortal Kombat 2» and «Butterfly Effect 2». With Van Leonetti worked as the operator over "Astral" and same "Paternoster" so on rooms it reproduces its "firm" wanderings quite convincingly and the suspense forces regularly. The scene in which Miya cannot leave on the lift a cellar in any way, looks very effectively because Leonetti, as well as Van, does not catch at each possibility to deafen viewer orchestral blow – silence and expectation of the terrible moment can be where it is more terrible.
Nevertheless «Annabel’s Damnation» is after all not «the Paternoster 2», its concept, whatever one may do, strongly gives secondariness and in a number of the moments ties hands to the founders. Annabel – not Chaki from eminent a horror cycle, it does not run behind the victims with a knife, without restraint rolling eyes, it even (a spoiler!) does not move in a shot. In general, if to ponder, existence of this doll in a picture is not too obligatory, easy copying a plot it would be possible перекроить though under «The paranormal phenomenon», after all in the attention center – opposition of a family and the demon which somehow is connected with this doll.
And opposition it develops on all canons of a genre – doors are closed, any vague silhouettes flash, by itself the sewing machine and a plate turn on. The history will not do without the sympathizing priest, the wise elderly afroamerican and a shtudirovaniye of ancient books on an occultism – as you can see, a complete set of habitual genre stamps available, and it is impossible to tell that they in the scenario are beaten somehow is unusual or fresh.