Prepare to never sleep again, as the first trailer for Annabelle has hit, courtesy of Warner Bros and New Line Cinema. Annabelle, if you recall, was that creepy-as-all-get-out doll that was featured in the opening of last summer’s horror hit, The Conjuring. That film opened with two girls seeking help from real life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) in cleansing the evil doll of whatever demons possessed it. It worked as a perfect prologue into the story of The Conjuring, and now, as first reported by The Inquisitr last fall, the “doll from hell” has its own movie.
The first trailer for Annabelle is below, and as you can see, it is full of goose bump generating terror and heart-stopping scares all in the two-and-a-half minute run time. According to Schmoesknow, The film stars the appropriately named Annabelle Wallis (seriously) and Ward Horton, both relative newcomers, as two young parents who happen to have possession of a doll that is, well, possessed. Alfre Woodward also starts as the obligatory expert called in to help the young family with their demon problems and Tony Amendola stars as Father Perez, who happens to know all about demons and will most likely die in the second act at the hands of the evil doll.
The script was written by Gary Dauberman and it is directed by John R. Leonetti. Annabelle is produced by James Wan who directed The Conjuring, as well as the Saw films and the Insidious series. Wan is currently in post-production as the director of Fast and Furious 7.
Annabelle, based on the trailer, serves as a prequel to the events in the beginning of The Conjuring. While Annabelle is poised to scare the living bejeebies out of theater-goers this fall, The Conjuring 2 is currently in production for release next October making sure that peaceful sleep becomes a thing of the past for many.
If audiences take to this evil monstrosity of a doll, Annabelle could develop into a franchise of her own, which would make Chucky from the Child’s Play horror franchise very happy, but scare the rest of us out of our minds. Personally, if I found a doll with a marred, dirty face and creepy eyes and painted smile, I would immediately set it on fire and gleefully watch it burn.
Annabelle hits theaters worldwide on October 3, so get as much sleep as you can in the next six weeks.