“Annabelle: Creation” Review

12 August, 2017

Director: David F. Sandberg
Screenwriter: Gary Dauberman
Director of Photography: Maxime Alexandre
Cast: 
Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson

Synopsis: An elderly toy-maker and his reclusive wife invite a group of orphans to stay in their home, unaware that a deadly force waits to be unleashed by an inquisitive guest who discovers a curse set in motion by the death of their infant daughter.

Annabelle Creation Review:

Arguably the most effective killer doll movie in recent history, “Annabelle: Creation” is a confident follow-up to a dire establishing chapter, turning back the clock on its already damaged story to explore the history behind a nightmare toy cursed by demonic possession. Tarnished by a coal black fiend with devil horns, Annabelle is a doll like no other, remaining motionless and mute as a brutal haunting unravels around her, rejecting all that is good and holy through a series of predictable yet mostly effective jump scares.

Confined in part to the experiences of a crippled protagonist, whose battle with polio proves to be her biggest struggle when tormented by an evil presence, the film propels Talitha Bateman into the next stage of her budding career, eradicating any chance of escape as chair lifts and crutches fail her during times of severe panic. Requiring very little suspension of disbelief outside of its supernatural plotting, “Annabelle: Creation” finds motivation in the curiosity of a disabled child, relying on her illness-based confinement to push her into reawakening a demon from its temporary slumber.

Definitively reestablishing Annabelle as a key player in James Wan’s paranormal universe, director David F. Sandberg combines his “Lights Out” talent with the fear-building precision of a horror intellectual whose presence is felt heavily in a film inspired by the spine-tingling scares seen in “The Conjuring” movies. Hitting the high notes while unashamedly referencing the 2014 original, “Annabelle: Creation” ends where one might expect in a bold concluding sequence which adds a spoonful of context to a once ridiculous set of events; proving that in cinema where there’s darkness there’s always light, even when it seems most hopeless.

 

   

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