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Look at our site for even a few minutes and you can tell that we love Real Life Horror stories. Is it actually real or is it a hoax? Do we care? Nope. It keeps us entertained and that's why we love it. But in many instances, there is some historical background to the story. The lovely movie fanatics at History vs. Hollywood have taken the time to look into the history behind of the new box office horror hit Annabelle and separate fact from fiction.

So thanks to History vs. Hollywood, we are now able to tell you where the film fudged the truth, and what they kept real.

Did Annabelle really look like this creepy porcelain doll from Hell?

Nah, not really. I can't really imagine Donna, Annabelle's owner, letting this terrifying porcelain monstrosity into her house in the first place. I mean, if Raggedy Anne dolls freak you out then I guess she could be considered kind of freaky. But all in all, they seem like the least menacing of all the dolls. If anything, the scariest thing about Annabelle is her eyebrows. Brow game weak, Annabelle.

Is Annabelle actually responsible for any real-life deaths?

Ed Warren believed so. In a video tour of the Warren's Occult Museum, Ed said:

Many of the objects in this room here have had dire effects on people. People have been maimed, have been killed. People have wound up in mental institutions because of many of the things that are right in this building here. You have the voodoo dolls, you have the Raggedy Ann Doll, which was responsible for the death of a young man who came in here one time, who challenged the doll to do its worst and it did.

Apparently a young museum visitor and his girlfriend decided to taunt Annabelle because it seemed like a good idea at the time. Ed Warren promptly had him removed from the museum. Just a few hours later, the man lost control of his motorcycle and it crashed into a tree. Luckily, his girlfriend survived but had to remain hospitalized for more than a year.

Did Annabelle ever start any fires?

Nope, that was all fiction. There's also no record of the Annabelle demon dragging her owner across the floor towards the fire or the owner injuring her finger in a sewing machine. It's all movie magic, people.

Did Annabelle leave notes around the house?

Yes, much like your passive aggressive roommate, Annabelle was a fan of leaving notes. But instead of saying "Wash the dishes!" and "Do not eat my leftover pizza," hers were slightly more sinister. On second thought, more sinister than the threat of someone eating your pizza? Maybe not.

Annabelle's notes, written on parchment paper, read "Help Us" and "Help Lou" (Lou was a guest saying in Donna's house). The really creepy thing is that Donna never kept parchment paper in the house. Was Annabelle making trips down to the local corner store and picking up parchment? I fear we may never know.

Was Annabelle really haunted by the spirit of a 7-year-old girl?

A medium that Donna consulted after Annabelle harmed Lou believed so. She claimed that Annabelle was possessed by the spirit of a seven-year-old girl named Annabelle Higgins who had been killed in an accident outside of their apartment.

While the child did exist, Ed and Lorraine claim that God would not allow a child to haunt a doll. Instead this was a demon posing as a little girl. That's how you do it. Earn their trust as an innocent child and then BLAMO! You've got a demon on your hands.

Was Annabelle really that mobile?

Oh yeah! Nobody puts Annabelle in a corner. This doll really liked to switch things up. According to Donna and her roommate, initially Annabelle's movements were subtle. Over time, however, she became more and more adventurous. She would end up in different rooms, she would close doors, cross her arms and legs, stand up, and once they found her kneeling on a chair. This was especially creepy because if Donna tried to make Annabelle kneel she would topple over.

The entire Annabelle story is a whole bunch of nope to me. Dolls have always creeped me out (science can explain why here), so the idea of a possessed doll, porcelain or not, is just too much for me. I'm sorry, future children of mine, but you're going to be playing stickball and hand painted wooden ball-in-a-cup and that's it.

For more [Annabelle](movie:1217914) facts, head over to Hollywood vs. History to get the full scoop!


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