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.
Annabelle Creation is the newest entry into The Conjuring universe. Following a recent trend that was started by Ouija: origin of evil to hire a seasoned director for the sequel of a below average film. This time David F. Sandberg director of last years horror hit Lights Out is behind the camera. The difference is immense and Annabelle Creation is very serviceable addition to the two already outstanding Conjuring films.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of Annabelle Creation is the aesthetic. The film takes place in the 50s and the time period is almost character in itself. All of the cast does exceptional work here especially the main two young girls including Lulu Wilson who was also great in Ouija Origin of Evil. The exceptional casting helps elevate the film above just the scares.
I found Annabelle Creation to be genuinely frightening on more than just a few occasions. A lot of this has to do with director David Sandberg’s use of darkness. His first film Lights Out is very focused on using darkness to scare its audience. While it isn’t Annabelle Creation’s primary gimmick, there is one particular scene involving a doorway that is completely dark, that for my was the most terrifying scene in the entire film. The doll itself is also used much better utilized here than in the first film.
As for flaws, the film does have more jump scares than it really needs in the first half and it is a bit slow in that first half due to some character development. The characters in the film also make decisions that are typical horror character decisions. Characters are supposed to come off as brave but in reality they just seem to be make rather dumb decisions.
Overall, I really enjoyed Annabelle Creation and it’s definitely one of my favorite horror films of the year. I think it will be an enjoyable rewatch and is leaps and bound ahead of the original Annabelle film.