Annabelle Comes Home is the latest film in "The Conjuring" franchise started by James Wan in James Wan in 2013.
Annabelle is the possessed doll seen in the opening scenes of The Conjuring taken by Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) to be kept safely in their occult museum. Annabelle Comes Home picks up directly following that scene with Ed and Lorraine driving to their home with Annabelle in the backseat. The film, based very loosely on the real life exploits of Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators and demonologists. By no means is this story based on real events. nor does it claim to be it's a competent horror film in it's own right.
Ed and Lorraine however are only briefly seen in the film having to leave on a trip and entrusting the care of daughter Judy (Mckenna Grace) to babysitter Mary Ellen (Madison Iseman) and friend Daniela (Katie Sarife). Daniela, becoming interested in the items in the museum unwittingly unleashes the demonic Annabelle and the horror tropes begin. Annabelle and some of the other items then torment the trio as the night goes on. There is a suit of Japanese armor, haunted coins, a TV that shows the future and a few other spooky things that want to possess the girl's spirits.
Directed by Gary Dauberman in his directorial debut, Dauberman has written some very well received horror films in recent years like IT and the previous Annabelle offerings. He shows a lot of horror chops and it will be interesting to see where he goes next. Annabelle Comes Home wasn't a great horror film but it was a very competent one. What it did, it did very well. Overall, I do recommend checking it out but maybe wait for a DVD or digital stream. It's not a film you really need to rush out and see unless of course, you are a huge fan of Wan's Conjuring universe.