Summary- Rotten Tomatoes

Former toy maker Sam Mullins and his wife, Esther, are happy to welcome a nun and six orphaned girls into their California farmhouse. Years earlier, the couple’s 7-year-old daughter Annabelle died in a tragic car accident. Terror soon strikes when one child sneaks into a forbidden room and finds a seemingly innocent doll that appears to have a life of its own.



Nerd corner- 

Carl Jung led the school of analytics psychology

Freud led the psychoanalytic school of thought

Disagreed on formation of the subconscious

  • Freud focused on the impact of childhood experiences and memories, Jung focused on the collective unconscious 

 

Jung suggested that horror films “tapped into the primordial archetypes buried deep in our collective subconscious- images like shadow and mother play an important role in the horror genre.” 

Collective unconscious: “the inherited structure of the brain.” “deep seated beliefs and instincts, such as spirituality, sexual behavior, and life and death instincts”

Archetypes: “Jung believed that the collective unconscious is expressed through universal concepts called archetypes. Archetypes can be signs, symbols, or patterns of thinking and behaving that are inherited from our ancestors. According to Jung, these mythological images or cultural symbols are not static or fixed; instead, many different archetypes may overlap or combine at any given time” (Fritscher, 2020) and “archetypes have universal meanings across cultures and may show up in dreams, literature, art or religion” (McLeod, 2018).

  • The self, shadow, persona, anima, mother, hero, child, etc.

 

Catharsis theory: the purging of negative emotions in order to relieve intense anxiety, stress, anger, or fear

  • We watch horror movies to purge aggressive emotions

 

Excitation Transfer Theory (ETT): “the theory that emotional responses can be intensified by arousal from other stimuli not directly related to the stimulus that originally provoked the response. According to this theory, when a person becomes aroused physiologically, there is a subsequent period of time when the person will experience a state of residual arousal yet be unaware of it. If additional stimuli are encountered during this time, the individual may mistakenly ascribe his or her residual response from the previous stimuli to those successive stimuli” (dictionary.apa.org)

 

Horror movies can help us navigate anxiety?

  • Coltan Scrivner, a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Human Development at The University of Chicago, horror films can teach coping skills: “I think people who watch them a lot are learning how to deal with uncertainty and suspense and anxiety.”

Scrivener co-authored a study that showed “horror fans are more resilient and less psychologically distressed than non-horror fans in the face of today’s Covid-19 pandemic. Likely because of their well-honed coping skills. We think what’s going on is that horror fans are essentially building a toolkit for how to deal with feeling anxious or afraid. Because that’s exactly what you do when you’re watching a horror movie. You regulate your emotions such that you’re in a sweet spot for feeling afraid but also having fun” (Greco, 2020).

Preparedness and horror films 



Kate Notes:

Wannabe open backed stairs They have grates like confession booths? Idk I’m not catholic.

Nothing like a man standing in a doorway to a girls room with a hammer in his hand

I like how they are collaboratively building a ghost story. Even though they’re assholes they’re very creative

I’d like a pair of those black and white saddle shoes (I couldn’t remember what they were called, so I was about to call them camel back shoes XD IN MY DEFENSE camels can wear saddles on their backs. So I had the vibe right.)

I do like when happy sounding songs are played without being warped, like the sheer juxtaposition of the creepy and upbeat is enough. 

Well yes, doll parts raining down on your is unnerving 

Bee crawling toward Janice??? NO THANK YOU

Okay now someone else understands the weirdness of the doll mobiles. 

And again, I am an elevator baby. Just stay between floors, wait it out. 

See, even demon fingies can be hurt. 

 

Qualms:

The casting! Young and old Annabelle are different actresses across the franchise. 

 

Bad disability politics! 

Brown, Keah. (2016, April 14). Disability Representation and the Problem with “Inspiration Porn”. The Toast. https://the-toast.net/2016/04/14/disability-representation-inspiration-porn/ 

 

Davio, Kelly. (n.d.). In Which We Are Villains. Word Gathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature. https://wordgathering.com/past_issues/issue43/davio2.html 

 

Henley, Ariel. (2017, July 7). I Have A Facial Disfigurement & This ‘Wonder Woman’ Villain Pisses Me Off. Bustle. https://www.bustle.com/p/as-a-woman-with-a-facial-disfigurement-this-wonder-woman-villain-pisses-me-off-66984

 

Leary, Alaina. (2017, July 5). Disfigured Villains Like ‘Wonder Woman’s’ Dr. Poison Perpetuate Stigma. Teen Vogue. https://www.teenvogue.com/story/disfigured-villains-dr-poison-wonder-woman#:~:text=Wonder%20Woman’s%22%20Dr.-,Poison%20Perpetuate%20Stigma,often%20associated%20with%20being%20evil.&text=Poison%20(played%20by%20Elena%20Anaya,cover%20her%20visibly%20scarred%20face. 





Tropes:

Decoy Protagonist- you think it’s Janice and then it pivots once she’s possessed. (Linda and Sister Charlotte)

 

Empathy doll shot used in conjunction with gory discretion shot. When Bee dies and you don’t see her get hit by the car, you see her broken doll and hear her parents scream. 

“Showing an abandoned toy to either imply that a child died here or emphasise loss of innocence.” This appears in movies like Mulan and Titanic. 

Whenever a movie wants to add pathos to a war or crime scene, expect a shot of an abandoned toy, usually a doll or stuffed animal. Teddy bears and bunnies seem to be the most popular, and the more worn and tattered the better.

In evacuation scenes, the toy is supposed to represent the loss of innocence a child has suffered. In scenes depicting the aftermath of war or other disasters, the doll is supposed to scream “KIDS DIED HERE!” without having to actually show a kid’s corpse. That said, a really gutsy director may combine the doll with a Dead-Hand Shot and show the child’s hand still clutching the doll without showing the rest of their dead (and presumably mangled) body.



Works Cited:

Cooper, Julia. (2017, August 11). Review: Annabelle: Creation is a horror film as lifeless as an old doll. The Globe and Mail. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/film-reviews/review-annabelle-creation-is-a-horror-film-as-lifeless-as-an-old-doll/article35939458/ 

 

Fritscher, Lisa. (2020, May 15). Understanding the Collective Unconscious. Very Well Mind. https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-the-collective-unconscious-2671571 

 

Greco, Patti. (2020, October 13). Why Do So Many People Like Horror Movies? Six Reasons We Love Being Scared. Health. https://www.health.com/mind-body/why-people-like-horror-movies 

 

Jimenez, Monica. (2018, October 30). Why Do We Like Horror Movies? Tufts. https://now.tufts.edu/articles/why-do-we-horror-movies

 

McLeod, Saul. (2018). Carl Jung. Simply Psychology. https://www.simplypsychology.org/carl-jung.html