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- Apr 4, 2017
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Who would have thought that 2013’s The Conjuring (as amazing as it was) would spawn a sequel AND two spin off films? None of them actually bad either. I really REALLY enjoyed The Conjuring as one of the best modern supernatural horror films I’ve ever seen. It was exquisitely paced, and brought just enough terror to the table without going over into pure cheese, while balancing non traditional scares that really brought the creep factor to max. Also, who would have thought that the creepy little doll in the Warren’s book case would actually garner enough fans to warrant making a spin off in the form of Annabelle. Annabelle was a big surprise for me, as I really thought the idea of a spin off horror movie based upon a creepy doll would be nothing but a cash grab. Well, I still say that Annabelle is a cash grab (most blockbuster films are if you really think about it), but it was a rather well done cash grab that was entertaining enough for me to actually add to my collection. The Conjuring 2 wasn’t nearly as good as the original, but still held enough charm to easily eclipse Annabelle, but when they announced Annabelle: Creation I wondered if the film would even be as good as the generally entertaining Annabelle. Interestingly enough, Creation managed to be AS good as it’s predecessor, while actually improving on a few elements, making it another competently done horror movie that isn’t legendary, but well done enough to have me give a thumbs up out of enjoyable respect.
If you remember Annabelle, it started out with the Higgins family getting slaughtered by their daughter Annabelle, and the doll ending up in the Warren’s care after the family next door hands it over (told through an interview on tape). Well, Creation goes back several decades to tell us HOW this little Doll and the evil Annabelle (the human) became what she was later on. Toy maker Sam Mullins (Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife Esther (Miranda Otto) suffered a terrible tragedy in the early 50s. Their daughter was taken from them in freak car accident, leaving the family business in tatters while the couple recuperated. 12 years later the couple decide to let in a group of orphans and a nun named Sister Charlotte (Stephanie Sigman) in when they have nowhere to go. The youngest pair, Bee (Samara Lee) and crippled Janice (Talitha Bateman) wander around the old Toy master’s house and even violate Sam Mullins strict guidelines of not going in his dead daughter’s bedroom. There, in the back corner of the room, Janice comes across a hidden cabinet that contains a creepy doll with a white dress surrounded by pages of the Bible.
After finding the room and opening it up, the two girls start to notice things happening. Janice hears creaks and groans from the closet, and soon she catches a glimpse of something evil and dark out of the corner of her eye. Bee is the only one of the girls who believes her, and even Sister Charlotte thinks that Janice is over exaggerating. As she starts to doubt her own sanity, the only hint that what she’s experiencing isn’t a hallucination is the fear and terror of the Mullins when they find out what Janice and Bee have experienced.
As for the rest of the film. I was really pleasantly surprised at what I saw. The two girls, Janice and Bee do a great job at portraying terrified and naive young children, and Anthony LaPaglia is a solid presence throughout the film. I really did like how the movie opens up and gives you the introduction to The Ram in his full form, rather than just an evil doll (although there are hints about that as well), and the film doesn’t shy away from showing some truly gruesome deaths without being a slasher blood fest. It may not be a modern classic, but it does well and rides right on the coat tails of the rather entertaining The Conjuring 2 as a good, but not great, horror flick.
Rated R for horror violence and terror.
• Horror Shorts: Attic Panic and Coffer
• Director's Commentary
• Directing Annabelle
• Deleted Scenes Featurette
Annabelle: Creation is not as amazing as The Conjuring or even as good as the sequel, but it does provide a very competent horror experience for those of us who like the mythos of that world. In fact, I actually like it just a little bit more than Annabelle, which was a surprise for me as well. The movie ties directly into that movie, with an ending that tries just a BIT too hard, but makes up for that little over extension with a great little supernatural horror plot for the first hour and 45 minutes. Warner brothers knocks it out of the park with a great video encode and a STUNNING Atmos mix to enjoy. Even the extras (while a bit sparse in quantity) are well worth digging into and have some great tidbits to tie the films into the world of Ed and Lorraine Warren. Good for a fun watch.
Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Samara Lee, Miranda Otto
Directed by: David F. Sandberg
Written by: Gary Dauberman
Aspect Ratio: 2.39.1 AVC
Audio: English: Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Core), French, Spanish, Portuguese, English DVS DD 5.1
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 109 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: Own Annabelle: Creation on Blu-ray and DVD on October 24, or Own It Now on Digital HD!
Recommendation: Good Watch