The Truth About Annabelle

I’m just going to come right out and say it – I’m not a huge fan of horror movies. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t like them. It’s more that they never seem to match up with the folklore they draw on. Which means I find them hilarious half the time.

When I write, I like to get things as close to the folklore as possible. Sure, I embellish it. But not quite so much as some of the horror movies I’ve seen. But a prime example of my frustration with horror movies is Annabelle. Apparently this was a really good movie, but I just couldn’t get past it because the story from the movie is so much less creepy than the real one.

And there’s one huge reason for it – the doll in the movie is freaking terrifying. There’s no way in hell I’d ever let that thing in my house, haunted or not. Granted, dolls creep me out, but that one just takes it to a whole new level. Okay, I know there’s an argument for this – “But Casey, it was the last one from the collection.”

Well, I hate to say it, but I don’t care. That thing is terrifying, and if I was collecting dolls (which I wouldn’t, because dolls are creepy,) I would leave that thing behind. Just collect nice looking dolls and leave the terrifying ones in the store.

Oh, and there’s that other argument – “But she wasn’t that bad in the beginning.”

Yes she was. Sure, she was worse in the end, but she was creepy enough in the beginning.

But let’s stop arguing for a moment and let me tell you about the original Annabelle. Yes, Annabelle was based on a true story. But what makes the story so scary to me is that Annabelle was originally a Raggedy Anne doll. Why does this scare me? Because I had one of those dolls as a kid.

See the difference here? We’ve suddenly gone from a doll I wouldn’t look at to a doll I actually owned as a kid. And that is so much scarier – she was (actually, is) and ordinary doll. Still not sure what I’m talking about? Let this image tell the story. (Thank you historyvshollywood.com)

Now, if you can’t work this one out, the creepy as all heck doll on the left is the movie Annabelle, which as far as I know, is actually harmless. The one on the right is the actual haunted doll. Now, if you had no idea that one of these dolls was haunted, which one would you be more likely to take home? And then consider the fact that most young girls actually owned a doll just like real Annabelle over there.

Real Annabelle now lives in the Warren’s Occult Museum in Connecticut. Yes, you can actually go and see her. She is stored in a glass case, with a warning not to open underneath. There are many stories about what Annabelle has done in the past, but I thought I would share this one with you:

The story goes that a man who visited the museum with his girlfriend was bashing Annabelle’s case and told her to scratch him if she was real. (She has been known to scratch people before.) Nothing happened before he was asked to leave the museum, so they believed she was false. Which is fair enough.

On the way home, his motorbike crashed into a tree, killing him instantly.

Now, I do not deny that this could be a coincidence. In fact, it’s probably very likely. Annabelle could, of course, be a normal doll. I, however, don’t think I will take the chance. So if you go and see Annabelle, be nice, okay? You never know who or what you might be talking to.

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