There was Talking Tina in the ol’ Twilight Zone episode starring Telly Savalas. The clown doll in Poltergeist. And of course, Chucky. None of those dolls ever really weirded me out too much. Enter: The Conjuring. I know, I know, it’s just a Hollywood movie, but I couldn’t help but think of The Conjuring’s Annabelle—and this concept of an “entity” attaching itself to a toy— when I photographed these old dolls in the antique store today.
According to the case files of demonologists Lorraine and Ed Warren, Annabelle was a real doll purchased from an antique shop in 1970. I am going to warn you. If you click on that link, it will take you to the Warrens’ website. I made it about five seconds before hightailing it outta there. The music alone is probably going to give me nightmares for days. I mean, I hate sites that automatically play music, but this takes it to a whole new level.
Basically, the doll started to take on a life of its own in its new home. So, its owner and her roommate, both college students, contacted a medium and a séance was performed. The séance revealed that a young girl named Annabelle had died on the property, and supposedly, the spirit wanted to stay at the apartment with the girls. They agreed, which was very, very bad.
It was not Annabelle’s spirit, but something the Warrens called “non-human.” It had attached itself to the doll, tricked the friends into inviting it into their home, and then unleashed all kinds of terror on them.
Then again, if you force your male dolls to wear crocheted sweaters like this, it’s no wonder they turn on you.