ANNABELLE: CREATION (2017)
A prequel to Annabelle, a group of orphans and a nun are welcomed into a dollmaker’s home, where things go horribly wrong.
The fourth installment in a series is usually pretty bad. We’ve seen this happen with Saw, Wrong Turn, and Insidious. With that being said, Annabelle: Creation had NO business being as good as it was. This isn’t a huge surprise though, as it’s directed by David F. Sandberg, who brought us the surprise hit Lights Out. I thought that was a very inventive and smart horror movie, and Annabelle: Creation continues his streak of greatness. The scares are honestly on par with The Conjuring 2, I liked the lead characters (particularly Janice, played by Talitha Bateman), and the directing is near flawless in its execution. Janice is a very likable character, and her relationship with Lulu Wilson’s character was sweet (they’re both orphans who want to be adopted by the same family). This is a major improvement from the first Annabelle and I’m excited to see more from Sandberg.
As for flaws, I didn’t care at all about the other orphan girls. I obviously felt bad for them being orphans in this awful situation, but they weren’t developed at all and were honestly kinda mean to our two lead girls. In the end, it’s also not something new or original; we’ve seen this stuff before. It is, however, refreshing every time I see a newly released horror movie that’s actually got quality to it.
Annabelle: Creation is MUCH better than it deserves to be. The likable leads, the heavy-hitting scares that hold nothing back, and the overall atmosphere makes this one of the best entries in the Conjuring universe. With that being said, hopefully The Nun sees this and The Conjuring 2 and takes lots of notes.
MY RATING: 8/10
TOM’S STAMP OF APPROVAL? ✔️
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