News of the escape of Annabelle, the so-called haunted doll that’s the inspiration of The Conjuring horror franchise, has been put to rest.
Tony Spera, the son-in-law of famous paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, took to the family’s YouTube channel and confirmed Annabelle was still in her glass enclosure in the Occult Museum in Connecticut, despite all the rumors spreading on social media on Friday.
‘I’m here to tell you something, I don’t know if you want to hear this or not, but Annabelle did not escape,’ Spera said in a selfie video as he dramatically turned his camera to bring the infamous doll into view behind him.
‘Annabelle’s alive — well, I shouldn’t say alive — Annabelle’s here, in all her infamous glory. She never left the museum.’
All the scare-fest chatter started swirling on social media when fans noticed that someone had wrote on her Wikipedia page that Annabelle had ‘escaped on Aug. 14 at 3 a.m.’
In the 1:48 video, Spera couldn’t resist poking fun at some of the theories people shared about where she had gone.
‘Annabelle’s here. She didn’t go anywhere. She didn’t take a trip. She didn’t fly first class and she didn’t go out to visit her boyfriend,’ he said as he showed Annabelle in her glass case.
‘So here she is. Let’s put the rumors to rest, guys. I appreciate all the concern. I’d be concerned if Annabelle really did leave because she’s nothing to play with.’
According to the Warrens, a student nurse was given the doll in 1970.
Legend has it, after seeing the doll behave strangely and move throughout her apartment, she sought the help of a psychic medium who told her it was inhabited by the spirit of a deceased girl named Annabelle.
As chronicled in The Conjuring, the doll exhibited frightening behavior that prompted the student and her roommate to contact the Warrens for help.
The couple, who have investigated a slew of paranormal reports, pronounced it was demonically possessed and incarcerated it in a special glass box at their home, which later became The Warrens’ Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut.
The real Annabelle doll — said to be a Raggedy Ann — looks much different from the porcelain doll creation that scared fans in The Conjuring films and its Annabelle spin-offs.
The Conjuring franchise has been a huge hit at the box office, having grossed a combined $1.9 billion against a combined budget of $139.5 million, making it the second highest-grossing horror franchise ever behind Godzilla.
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This post was written by Nadia Vella