Annabelle: Creation (2017)

What’s the bet the Scarecrow is next in line for its own spin off?

Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a doll maker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the doll maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

Let’s be real for a moment. We all thought Annabelle: Creation was a prequel nobody was asking for, for a spin off no one was really interested in. We all tried to quickly forget about the disastrous 2014 Annabelle, but how could we forget when the film kept ranking in those dollars and it was quickly announced there would be sequel… As a world we collectively groaned. But, a sequel it was not, no, we were gifted with a prequel to a prequel… and my lord… it is actually good!

David F. Sandberg follows up from his 2016 chilling debut Lights Out by taking the reigns and breathing new life into the Conjuring universe with Annabelle: Creation. By no means, does Creation break any new ground, but it is a surprisingly engaging spook-fest that features some genuinely terrifying imagery, clearly influenced from Sandberg’s short film ‘Attic Panic’. 

Sandberg clearly has style and is well versed in the land of chills and thrills. Creation indulges in your normal horror tropes but Sandberg is clever never to repeat the scare twice.

The film does have its flaws though. The final act tends to drag, but it also gives us a fantastic barn sequence that is utterly terrifying! Where I forgot just how fucking scary scarecrows can be! Pegging itself as a creation story though is a bit of a stretch. As the actual creation story is told quite quickly in a heavy flashback sequence, which leaves the mythology of Annabelle a little muddled and unclear.

Annabelle: Creation is pleasant treat, it falters here and there with cliché horror territory but Sandberg’s style is highly present and alluring. The film is littered with easter eggs and a cute nod to the ‘real’ story of Annabelle. Overall, it’s a welcome addition to a franchise that hopefully continues to grow in strength, style and originality.

7.0 / 10

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