The Shocking Revelation of Reborn Doll.
Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any worse, rumors swirled through social media Friday that Annabelle, the real-life possessed doll made infamous by the Conjuring film franchise, had escaped from its confines at the Warrens’ occult museum.Thankfully, the panic was un-Warren-ted as the reports proved untrue.
But Annabelle is just a horror movie prop, right? No!
The Conjuring franchise is inspired by the real-life cases of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (played in the films by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), although the real Annabelle doll looks very different from its movie counterpart.
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As chronicled in the Conjuring series and its Annabelle spin-offs, the possessed doll came into the Warrens’ possession in 1970. They incarcerated it in a special glass box at their home, which later became The Warrens’ Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut.
Lorraine Warren, who died last year, explained in 2014 why simply destroying the Annabelle doll isn’t an option, saying that “getting rid of the doll would only get rid of the vessel, not the evil that resides within the doll. At least as it sits, we know where it resides. It isn’t out into the world causing harm to others. We have a Catholic priest who performs a binding prayer around the doll which acts as a blockade. The evil can’t penetrate the holy prayers that bind it. Think of it as similar to an electric-dog fence — keeping the dog within set boundaries.”
Now fast-forward to August 14, 2020, where social media was convinced of rumors that Annabelle had somehow found its way out of its confines to make life even more miserable.
Thankfully, the real Annabelle doll hasn’t escaped from the Warren museum because, as Newsweek reports, “Annabelle hasn’t lived in museum for quite some time. The museum closed [in 2019] due to zoning violations, and the artifacts are now in the possession of the Warrens’ son-in-law, Tony Spera.”
That’s not to say Annabelle’s on-screen counterpart hasn’t been up to no good lately. New Line Cinema recently released the viral video below of “Annabelle in Quarantine” to honor National Doll Day:
The next entry in the franchise, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, arrives June 4, 2021.