In Annabelle Comes Home, the titular evil doll is brought home by the two premiere ghostbusters of The Conjuring movie universe – Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga). Despite being experienced ghost hunters, the husband-and-wife duo bring back haunted artifacts after every case they solve, and store them in a room within their own house. They bless the room weekly, but still… wouldn’t you keep all that nasty stuff elsewhere? Why would you store them all where you live? Hasn’t their ghostbusting experience taught them anything?

Fortunately, it’s all fine – until they bring Annabelle home. A series of unfortunate incidents results in Annabelle awakening all the demonic items in the house, as the entire place becomes a beacon for evil spirits of every variety. It’s understandable, because she’s evil incarnate, and her devilish aura affects anything remotely “dirty”, so anything vaguely humanoid comes to “life”.

But sometimes, there’s no explanation for why a toy feels “alive”. Sometimes, your dolls or action figures feel… possessed. Like there’s something inhabiting them. Maybe it’s a feeling, or something that you catch out of the corner of your eye. A glimpse here, a glance there, and suddenly… that childhood toy doesn’t evoke such good memories anymore.  Is it really haunted? How can you tell?

We’ve got the perfect test for you. Answer these questions to find out how likely it is that your toy is haunted, and if it is… we’d suggest you call the Warrens immediately.

 

Section A (1 point)

For every question that you answer “yes” to, give yourself one point.

 

1. Do things around the toy always get knocked over?

A Furby doll looks creepy. Credit: For Sale in Deal Kent Children's Toys and Clothes Facebook Page

A Furby doll looks creepy. Credit: For Sale in Deal Kent Children’s Toys and Clothes Facebook Page

You know what we mean. If you put the toy on a shelf, you’ll find that another toy has fallen off the shelf the next day. Put your doll on the table, and you’ll find some stationery strewn all over the floor after a while. Bring your toy to the kitchen, and the next thing you hear is the clatter of cutlery.

You never actually see how those things fall over – but they do. Maybe your house is draughty – or maybe it’s your toy.

 

2. Do you have problems taking a proper photograph of your toy?

A blurry picture of a igarette-smoking demon doll. Credit: Screenshot from Feecha

A blurry picture of a cigarette-smoking demon doll. Credit: Screenshot from Feecha

Somehow, every photo you have of the toy seems… off. It’s a little blurry, or there are errors in the photograph (they call such errors “artifacts”), or there are weird things in the shot. You can’t ever get a proper photograph of your toy, whether it’s with a smartphone or a $20,000 DSLR camera.

It could just be faulty equipment… or it could be the result of paranormal disruption.

 

3. Does your toy have large, round, human-like eyes?

Annabelle Comes Home. Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

Annabelle Comes Home. Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Now, if you’re a toy, you probably don’t have a soul… so they could be the windows to something else. If looking at your toy feels like you’re staring into the eyes of a sentient creature, then maybe you’ve got an overactive imagination.

Or your toy is… alive (technically, it’d be undead, but you know what we mean).

 

 

Section B (2 points)

For every question that you answer “yes” to, give yourself two points.

 

4. Do ever feel that your toy is “looking” at you?

Annabelle Comes Home. Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

Annabelle Comes Home. Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

You know that quote about the abyss? If you stare too long into the abyss, it’ll stare back at you? Your toy is kind of like the abyss… except that you can feel its stare burrowing into the back of your neck. Maybe it’s those large round eyes that it has.

But if your toy doesn’t have large round eyes and you still feel that it’s staring at you, perhaps it’s a sign….

 

5. Do you feel a sense dread when you are around your toy?

Mary Ellen (Madison Iseman) in Annabelle Comes Home. Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

Mary Ellen (Madison Iseman) in Annabelle Comes Home. Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

Toys are supposed to bring comfort and joy to us – girls usually tend to and nurture their dolls, while boys smash action figures against each other. Different strokes, different folks, but they’re all meant to be a form of relaxation and happiness for their owners.

But if your toy gives you the creeps, then maybe it’s not the right toy for you. Maybe that feeling of dread is actually your sixth sense kicking in to protect you. Regardless, it’s not a good sign when your toy seems to want to murder you, even if it has a beatific smile on its face.

 

6. Do animals hiss or react badly to your toy?

They say that animals can see things that we can’t see. And by “things that we can’t see”, we mean ghosts. That’s why you sometimes find cats hissing at nothing, or dogs barking at thin air. It’s not that they’re silly – it’s because they’re trying to chase away something that shouldn’t be there.

So if you find that your pets are taking badly to your doll or action figure, then maybe you should pause and take stock of the situation. Is it because your toy stinks (animals have a keen sense of smell after all), or is it because there’s something possessing your toy?

 

7. Do you have nightmares about your toy?

Judy (McKenna Grace) in Annabelle Comes Home. Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

Judy (McKenna Grace) in Annabelle Comes Home. Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

Dreams are often the manifestation of our subconscious thoughts. However, it is also said that spirits can communicate with us more easily in our dreams. So that nightmare you’ve been having about your toy? It’s actually the spirit within trying to communicate with you – or terrorise you.

Besides, if you’re having nightmares about your toy (or any of your possessions, for that matter), maybe you should consider throwing it away. Why would you keep something that gives you nightmares?

 

 

Section C (3 points)

For every question that you answer “yes” to, give yourself three points.

 

8. Do you catch your toy moving out of the corner of your eye?

Annabelle Comes Home. Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

Annabelle Comes Home. Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

Whenever your toy is just outside your field of vision, you notice some sort of… change. Maybe it’s a tiny insect. Maybe it’s some eye dirt that you forgot to wash off that morning. Or maybe your toy is actually moving, just that it always seems to move out of the corner of your eye.

Just like, you know, Annabelle. You never quite see that horrific doll moving directly, but it does. Whether it’s falling off her chair, appearing in your bed, or just popping up in reflections – Annabelle moves.

 

9. Does the temperature drop whenever you are near your toy?

For some reason, ghosts are associated with the cold – even though demons are associated with fire. In most supernatural cases, you can tell when a ghost is near when the temperature suddenly drops (and the protagonists exclaim that it’s cold).

It’s true in real life too – a sudden chill is indicative of spirits around. So if being near your toy always feels like you’ve stuck your head in the freezer, it may be because there’s an evil force possessing your doll or action figure.

 

10. Do you hear whispers when you are near your toy?

Hougang blindfolded doll. Credit: Reddit

Hougang blindfolded doll. Credit: Reddit

If you hear whispers when you play with your doll or action figure, then maybe something is wrong with your hearing – or your friend is trying to prank you. But if it’s none of the above (i.e, you’ve gone for a medical checkup and your doctor has certified that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with your hearing) and you’re completely alone – you shouldn’t be hearing whispers.

It means someone – or something – is talking to you. And if your toy is the only one there, it means that its talking to you.

Or whatever nasty spirit within is talking to you.

 

Scoring

0 – 7 points: Your toy is probably fine. All those spooky things can be chalked up to mere coincidence rather than an actual malevolent spirit, so don’t worry. But if you’re really feeling uncomfortable, get rid of that toy or action figure.

8 – 14 points: You should get your toy checked out. Ask someone who has the third eye to take a look, or bring your toy to the near religious leader and ask him or her if there’s something wrong with it. Your gut feel is probably right.

15 points and above: Get rid of your toy immediately! There are just too many spooky things happening around it. If you can burn it with holy fire, it would be best – but if not, chuck it down the rubbish chute of an HDB block that’s far, far away from you.

Annabelle Comes Home. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Annabelle Comes Home. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

No matter how haunted your toy is, it can’t be possible beat the sheer evil of Annabelle. In Annabelle Comes Home, the mere presence of Annabelle is enough to cause all sorts of spirits to wreak havoc in the Warren household – because Annabelle the doll is a beacon for evil spirits. That wouldn’t be so bad if Ed and Lorraine Warren were around (since they exorcise ghosts as often as marathoners go jogging) – but they’re not. The only people in the house are their daughter Judy (McKenna Grace), her babysitter Mary Ellen (Madison Iseman), and her babysitter’s friend Daniela (Katie Sarife). Will three girls be a match for the malice and cruelty of Annabelle – or will they find themselves victims of the demonic doll?

 

That depends on whether Annabelle has really Come Home.

 

Can’t get enough of Annabelle? Check out this other article!

 

Credits: Warner Bros Pictures, FeechaRedditCampfire Whispers Facebook PageFor Sale in Deal Kent Children’s Toys and Clothes Facebook Page, Golden Village Cinemas

 

 

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