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Rinzy Reviews ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ (2019)

Release Date: June 26Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, McKenzie Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, et al.


So, a silly girl thought it wise to break into the Warren’s vault of unspeakable evils just so she could talk to her late father again, and apologize for being the cause of his death. Can you imagine?It’s obvious she (Danielle) isn’t a fan of horror flicks like us, else she’d have known the number one rule of horror movies – summoning the dead is never a good thing. It never ends well. The eponymously named Annabelle doll takes the opportunity presented by Danielle’s desperation to escape, and subsequently brings the other cursed objects to life so they can all wreck havoc.

Ed and Lorraine Warren start the movie, and for the first ten minutes they’re still very much visible. But that’s a case of false comfort, letting you ease in for when the baton moves into the hands lesser known teen actors. Best know the tone of the movie changes almost as soon as this happens. Not that it turns out terribly, but you’re left feeling the movie would’ve been much better if only Ed and Lorraine stuck around till the end.Annabelle Comes Homes plays it safe compared to some of the other movies in The Conjuring universe. After Ed and Lorraine confiscate and lock the infamous Annabelle doll in a sacred glass to contain the evil, due to its ability to act as a beacon for other malevolent spirits, the movie really takes its time to get off the tracks. This isn’t entirely a bad thing because it still succeeds in causing some decent scares, the problem is that the climax isn’t rewarding, resulting in a scenario where the end doesn’t justify the means.The characters are a bit interesting to following and the acting’s decent too. The return to the Warren house was a good move. Judy Warren (played by McKenzie Grace) really holds her own, and shows she’s almost as badass as her demonologist parents.

In the end, Danielle learns her lesson, and that’s where I have a problem with Annabelle Comes Home. What’s a horror movie without casualties? A bad one. In all the fiasco with Annabelle and the plethora of ghouls – The Bride, The Hellhound, The Ferryman, The Samurai, etc., and not one of them could physical injure one of the main characters! 🤦I nominate Annabelle Comes Homes for the worst entry in the Annabelle spin-off. If there’s a fourth one, hopefully, it’s nothing like this.


Directed by: Gary DaubermanRinzy’s Rating: 2/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘The Nun’ (2018)

Release Date: September 7, 2018.

Budget Box-Office: $22M/ $330.2M

Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Demian Bichir, Jonas Bloquet, Charlotte Hope, Bonnie Aarons etc.

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The Nun tells the tale of the fan-favorite demon that stole the show in ‘The Conjuring 2’. But it’s ironic that Valak doesn’t get to shine that much in her own solo outing.

It won’t be farfetched for one to enter the movie theater expecting to be scared to sh*ts by the face of what’s arguably the scariest fictional demon, but surprisingly we don’t get to see much of Valak’s true face until the final act. She/him/it spends most of the movie shrouded in darkness, causing scares from distances.

Facials aside, The Nun tried, successfully, to pull out genuine scare(s) from viewers every now and then. The actress who brought Valak (Bonnie Aarons) to life did a good job… Her charisma still gets props for doing a good job.

The main question I’m sure you might be wondering is if The Nun is a great movie?

Well, I wouldn’t call it great. It being the weakest entry in the franchise still doesn’t make it a bad movie. 

I just believe it could’ve been better. It should’ve featured more of Valak’s face (I know it sounds silly 😁) and really give us a motivation for Valak’s actions. Now, I know some people might be gearing up to counter my last point by saying something along the line of what other motivation would a demon need asides wanting to possess people for the fun of it to further the expansion of the world below, but I believe as a character, even demons need motivations to explain their actions.

On a plus side, I genuinely liked the way the movie connected to the larger Conjuring’ universe. The appearance of Ed and Lorraine made me happy, even though it lasted only seconds.

I mustn’t fail to commend Taissa Farmiga’s performance as Sister Irene; she was one of the bright spots of the film for me, every moment she was on screen was a delight to behold.
The Nun definitely isn’t winning any critical acclam for being anything near outstanding, but it’s sure to draw an occasional smirk on your face if you’re a die-hard horror film lover, and a resounding ovation if you’re a casual filmgoer. I believe that’s fair.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5