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[WITH PICS] Film Vs. Facts: The Annabelle Doll In Real Life

SO, October kicks off the month of Halloween with the opening of horror movie ‘Annabelle’ this week. Billed as a spin-off/prequel from the hugely successful and critically acclaimed movie ‘The Conjuring’, Annabelle is said to be based true events involving a doll which is haunted by a demon.

The real Annabelle doll (right) was actually a Raggedy Ann Doll, not the porcelain doll shown in the Annabelle movie (left)The real Annabelle doll (right) was actually a Raggedy Ann Doll, not the porcelain doll shown in the Annabelle movie (left)

But how much of the movie is true. How do you separate the facts and the fiction? The photo above shows the difference between the Annabelle doll used in the movie and the real-life Annabelle doll. Clearly Hollywood has designed it to look much more frightening. For other comparisons between the movie version and the real-life events, continue reading. But it is best if you watch the movie first.

[INCLUDES SPOILERS AHEAD]

 

Fictions:


-    As shown in the photos, the real Annabelle doll was normal looking and not porcelain like how it was portrayed in the movie.


-    In the movie, John Form gave the Annabelle doll to his wife Mia as a present. This is not true, both John and Mia Form are fictional characters. The real doll was given as a birthday present by a mother to her daughter, Donna, a nursing student who was turning 28. This part is actually included in the end of this movie.


-    Because the characters John and Mia Farm are fictional, the plot where the doll owners were attacked by members of a satanic cult is also purely created. The explanation on how a demonic spirit became attached to the doll is also completely fictional.


-    Unlike in the movie, there is no evidence that the doll was responsible for creating a kitchen fire.

Left: Lorraine Warren holds the real Annabelle doll outside of her home in Connecticut in the 1970s. Right: Lorraine poses next to the doll inside the Warrens' Occult Museum in more recent years.Left: Lorraine Warren holds the real Annabelle doll outside of her home in Connecticut in the 1970s. Right: Lorraine poses next to the doll inside the Warrens' Occult Museum in more recent years.

 

Facts:


-    The Annabelle doll did indeed change positions and rooms. According to paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren (who were portrayed in the movie The Conjuring by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), Donna (the nursing student) really did find the doll change positions. At first the movements were more subtle and confined to the bed where Donna had left the doll. But soon it could be discovered in different rooms with doors shut/open. It was also sometimes found with its legs crossed and arms folded, and standing on its feet leaning against a dining room chair.


-    The Annabelle doll did in fact leave pencilled messages written in childlike writings such as “help us”.


-    The doll has indeed inflicted physical harm on a person although not to the degree shown in the movie. A man named Lou was the fiancé of Donna's roommate Angie and had been staying with them since the doll had arrived. Lou wasn't fond of the doll and warned Donna that it was evil. One night, Lou awoke suddenly from a deep sleep and realized that he was unable to move. He saw the Annabelle doll at his feet and watched as it slowly glided up his leg and over his chest. Before he knew it, the doll had begun to strangle him until he blacked out. He woke up the next morning certain that his experience wasn't a dream.


-    On a later occasion, Lou and Angie were studying maps to prepare for a trip Lou was embarking on the next day when they heard rustling noises coming from Donna's room. Lou approached the closed door and waited for the noises to stop before entering. He turned on the light and saw Annabelle laying on the floor in a corner. He walked over to the doll, but as he did, he began to sense that someone was behind him. He spun around but no one was there. In an instant, he found himself doubled over, grabbing his chest, which was now bleeding. Upon inspection, he discovered seven claw-like scratches on his chest (four horizontal and three vertical) that were hot like burns. The scratches healed rapidly and were fully gone in two days.


-    You can in fact visit the real Annabelle doll. Just like in the movie The Conjuring, the doll is kept in Ed and Lorraine Warren's Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut. At present, tours of the Warrens' Occult Museum are limited and are only being given via an intimate event called Warrenology. A priest visits the doll twice a month to bless the doll.

Actor Patrick Wilson (left), who portrayed Ed Warren in the 2013 movie The Conjuring, poses with the real Annabelle doll. Right: The real Ed Warren is pictured admiring the cursed doll in the 1970s.Actor Patrick Wilson (left), who portrayed Ed Warren in the 2013 movie The Conjuring, poses with the real Annabelle doll. Right: The real Ed Warren is pictured admiring the cursed doll in the 1970s.

 

Annabelle is now showing in cinemas and stars Annabelle Walis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard, and Tony Amendola.


References: www.historyvshollywood.com

 


- mD