Some Twitter users feared Annabelle, the real doll featured in horror movies about paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, had escaped their museum. Her name became a top-trending topic on Friday, gardening nearly 200,000 mentions by Friday morning, as frightened netizens tweeted about the doll potentially coming to life.
Of course, its just another internet hoax. Annabelle has not escaped nor is she causing any type of trouble.
okay SO, ANABELLE. like, THE DOLL FROM THOSE HORROR MOVIES DECIDED TO UP AND LEAVE THE WARREN MUSEUM. if corona doesn’t kill me this damn doll about to pic.twitter.com/3JvpPmBbqy
— trippylotl (@AwkrdT) August 14, 2020
How Did The Rumor Get Started?
The rumor started after news stories about British actress Annabelle Wallis emerged. Wallis, best known for playing Grace on Peaky Blinders, gave an interview where she talked about how she was able to get The Mummy co-star Tom Cruise to run with her. According to one YouTube user, the story got mixed up when translated into Chinese, and changed to “Annabelle escaped.” That’s likely how the rumor about the doll took off.
When asked by The Hollywood Reporter if questions about working with Cruise have started to slow down three years later, she said they probably never will. “He’s his own thing. He’s such a movie star, and he does his own bloody stunts!” she told THR. “He means business, and he loves this business. He’s a cinephile. I think people are in awe of that kind of passion and love for cinema and a desire to excel, to keep growing and keep pushing boundaries.”
Wallis was proud to say that she got Cruise to run alongside her. “I got to run on-screen with him, but he told me no at first. He said, ‘Nobody runs on-screen [with me],’ and I said, ‘But I’m a really good runner.’ So, I would time my treadmill so that he’d walk in and see me run. And then he added all these running scenes.”
Wallis said the opportunity was like getting an Oscar and she doesn’t mind talking about Cruise. “I was so happy!” she said with a laugh. “But I don’t think it ever goes away and I hope it never does. It’s so wonderful to be excited by someone and in awe of what they’ve achieved in their lives. Yeah, good on him. And I hope the questions never stop. I love talking about him. It’s really cool.”
There’s Another Reason The Rumor Might Have Started
Some horror fans might also remember that Wallis played Mia in the original Annabelle movie.