The Real Annabelle Doll from The Conjuring

Was The Conjuring the scariest movie I’ve ever seen? Far from it. Maybe I was not that scared of the movie because I am a Manly Man or maybe it’s because I’ve seen just about every¬†exorcism movie known to man. The scariest part of the movie to me was the chiropractor bill I was expecting to follow. I arrived at the movie late on a Friday night meaning I had to be one of the people in the very front row. Seat leaned back, neck cocked looking vertical at a giant screen having to use my¬†peripheral vision to watch most of the movie. This was a very unpleasent trip to the theater.

One part of the movie I liked was the Annabelle doll and the story behind her. The real Annabelle doll was the focus of a case that paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, took part in. This case happened in the early 1970s and is highlighted in the book The Demonologist. It has been stated that this is one of the most unusual cases of a possessed object on record.


The new horror movie, The Conjuring, highlights the Annabelle doll case in the beginning of the film and truly creates the scariest looking doll ever created. Only issue is, it’s not the real Annabelle doll. Raggedy Ann is the real Annabelle doll. I remember a similar feeling, that same feeling when I found out Santa Claus doesn’t exist.

The Real Annabelle Doll Story:


In 1970 a mother purchased an antique Raggedy Ann Doll from a hobby store. The doll was a present for her daughter Donna on her birthday. Donna, at the time, was a student in college, preparing to graduate with her nursing degree and resided in a tiny apartment with her roommate Angie (a nurse as well). Pleased with the doll, Donna placed it on her bed as a decoration and didn’t give it a second thought until a few days later. Within that time, both Donna and Angie noticed that there appeared to be something very strange and creepy about the doll. The doll apparently moved on its own, relatively unnoticeable movements at first, like a change in position, but as time passed the movement became more noticeable. Donna and Angie would come home to find the doll in a completely different room from which they had left it. Sometimes the doll would be found crossed legged on the couch with its arms folded, other times it was found upright, standing on its feet, leaning against a chair in the dining room. Several times Donna, placing the doll on the couch before leaving for work, would return home to find the doll back in her room on the bed with the door closed.


Any doll moving on it’s own would be absolutely terrifying but I was excited to hopefully one day see Annabelle. Now, I could care less. I’m not going to travel to see a Raggedy Ann doll in a case that says, “WARNING, Positively Do Not Open.”


Did you see The Conjuring? What did you think?



  1. Peter said:

    Frankly I’m amused to learn that the real Annabelle is actually a tame little Raggedy Anne to look at, but I don’t think it would’ve served the movie too well. The doll’s face is pretty much the first thing you see, puts you off guard right out if the gate. Would a Raggedy Anne have had the sane effect as this Regan-esque doll? I doubt it..

  2. max said:

    where did bathsheba n the spirits gone after exorcism? did they’re all just go to hell?

  3. Evvan said:

    I actually have a Raggedy Ann Doll she’s much smaller than this one but looks just like her and I’ve had her for years now I’m rethinking if I want to keep her or not

  4. Gayle said:

    Horrible that director changed the appearance of the original doll, Annabelle (a Raggedy Ann Doll). Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, I am way more terrified by a Raggedy Ann Doll gone evil than by this fake portrayal of the Annabelle doll. Who would ever let this disgusting looking doll into their house? And it’s looks are not at all historical (which it claims to be) to a Victorian era doll. What were they thinking about? Probably sensationalism at the cost of the Warren’s hard earned life’s work and reputation.

  5. Caleb said:

    I love the movie Annabelle. She’s amazing. I’ve been trying o find a good replica for sale, but no luck.

  6. Heima said:

    Its horrifying to see that Annabelle is reallty a raggedy old doll Ann …but a bit change is needed in movies to make it more horrifying than the real one. Anyway its only the doll everything else was real …all the Annabelle and conjuring series r the best ..plzzzz suggest other horror movies

Leave a Reply