Former toy maker Sam Mullins and his wife, Esther, are happy to welcome a nun and six orphaned girls into their California farmhouse. Years earlier, the couple’s 7-year-old daughter Annabelle died in a tragic car accident. Terror soon strikes when one child sneaks into a forbidden room and finds a seemingly innocent doll that appears to have a life of its own.
This movie explains the who, what, where, and when Annabelle came into existence. The story is kind of sad, but still plenty scary and creepy. The movie is really good and will most likely scare the hell out of you during some of the scenes.
It takes place a decade before the events of the original Annabelle before she fell into the hands of Ed and Lorraine Warren. Annabelle: Creation chronicles the birth of the titular doll, as well as her first set of victims. When Samuel and Esther Mullens lose their young daughter Annabelle in a freak accident, they turn their distant farmhouse into a home for orphaned girls, attempting to fill their void. Things soon take an incredibly dark turn as a dark force begins to take notice of best friends Janice and Linda, and the girls quickly find themselves in a desperate battle to save their souls. The film stars Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson, Philippa Coulthard, Grace Fulton, Lou Lou Safran, Samara Lee, and Tayler Buck in her feature film debut, with Anthony LaPaglia and Miranda Otto.
Janice is warned to stay out of the locked bedroom of Bee, but she’s lured in any way; this time, the door is unlocked. Inside, Bee’s room is untouched and filled with a delightful array of toys, including a huge, handmade dollhouse that’s a miniature version of the Mullins’ place. As Janice reaches inside, a tiny closet door opens revealing a key. After several glances back and forth between the dollhouse and Bee’s bedroom closet, it becomes painfully obvious that the key will open the larger closet, and Janice doesn’t waste any time. Inside, Annabelle sits on a small chair, surrounded by torn pages from the Bible, and a painted cross. It’s a terrifying image, one that reasonably leaves Janet in a very creeped-out state. She tries to lock the doll back up, but in case it wasn’t obvious, she’s missed her chance.
Annabelle: Creation definitely takes her audience and even story seriously. The music is fantastically creepy and sets up the atmosphere extremely well, not to mention the subtle sound effects such as the bell in the background that will surely haunt you throughout the film. There are probably four or five effective jump scenes, and especially adds to the seemingly continuous terror. There are a few bloody scenes that are very shocking, but since it’s not a slasher type of movie, you won’t have to worry about pools of blood around every corner. One of the girls throws up some sort of black liquid on another girl, and one of them gets thrown up to the ceiling and lands on the floor with some pretty serious injuries and ends up in a wheelchair. Then you have a man getting ripped apart, so yeah… Many of the killings take place off-screen, however. All in all, a very good movie amidst today’s sadly mediocre film offerings these days.
I absolutely LOVE horror movies, and I don’t even try to steer clear of the bad ones either, I love them all. Annabelle: Creation did not disappoint, minus the lackluster character development of the Mullins. It’s been a while since I’ve gone into an actual movie theater but won some free tickets so I thought, what the hell. My girl and I went. Her hands were literally sweating the entire time we were watching the movie because she was that nervous. I must admit, I’ve yet to see the first Annabelle film but I’ve seen the Conjuring. It doesn’t matter because this film stands on its own feet and is basically a prequel to the previous movies. It tells the original story of the Annabelle doll, so there is a decent plot behind the film’s events. There is no foul language, aside from a few uses of “hell” and no sexuality, except for the older girls in the orphanage talking rather innocently about boys. There are plenty of religious references, however, with tons of symbolism, so if that makes you uncomfortable you should probably avoid this movie. The movie is rated R for a reason, So if child killers or kids in hopeless peril disagree with you, you might want to avoid. However, I feel that older teens would enjoy it, but not a good idea to bring the young ones.
Title: Annabelle: Creation
Release Date: August 11, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour, 49 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Studio: Warner Brothers Studios
Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Samara Lee, Miranda Otto
MPAA Rated: R
Directors: David F. Sandberg
Reviewed by: Carl Collins
Our Rating: 3.6 /5
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