Annabelle Creation Reviewed by Joseph Hoshino

The Premise
Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle.
The Review
I think it’s fair to say that a lot of us were quite disappointed with Annabelle when its ratings faceplanted to the floor. There was a lot lingering suspense, but it didn’t quite have that same gripping energy as The Conjuring. It may be fair to expect this film to be more or less the same but I’m thrilled to say this isn’t the case.
It was certainly an interesting idea to explore the origin of that demonic doll in the first place and now we come to understand more than ever as the story expands. I feel that sometimes the best way to walk into a movie can be blindly, (not literally but) without knowing too much about the plot or having seen any trailers which especially goes for these mystery/suspense films. If you haven’t seen the trailer for this one, I’d suggest keeping it that way to get the most out of its insane plot twists and revelations.
From a visual standpoint, this film looks spectacular. From the obscurely creepy settings to the variation of cold and warm lighting that create an uneasy tension for just about every scene. The cinematography adds as a huge plus, being done in such a way that beautifully delivers those nasty jump scares and chilling scenes we’ve come to admire in so many films today. Without giving too much away, there’s also a nicely balanced use of special effects that build up the intensity right when is needed.
Of course, none of this would really mean anything if it weren’t for the cast that brought on such amazing performances. I can’t say I’m too familiar with seeing them in other movies, but they were all beyond great in delivering their characters in a way so unique and intriguing from each other. It’s one thing to witness adult characters facing the psychological traumas in a film like this and arguably even more daunting to see children facing those same situations so hats off especially to the two main actresses who made it a very real and convincing joy to watch.
The Verdict
While Annabelle Creation may have a very familiar feeling to the style of the last two Conjuring films, the job is well done in being as consistent as possible towards bringing out that horrific roller coaster ride once more. Whether you’re a fan of The Conjuring/Annabelle franchise or looking to start on a new mystery/suspense story, this is one you don’t want to miss out on.  

The Trailer
The Info
Releases: 10th August 2017
Rating: R16 – Contains violence and horror
Duration: 109 minutes
Genre:  Horror
Starring: Miranda Otto, Stephanie Sigman, Lulu Wilson
Director: David F Sandberg (Lights Out)
The Extras
Originally scheduled to be released on May 19, 2017, but was moved to August 11, 2017 to avoid competition with Alien: Covenant (2017).
Alicia Vela-Bailey previously collaborated with David F. Sandberg on Lights Out (2016).
Talitha Bateman, playing the leading role as Janice, is the older sister of Gabriel Bateman who starred in Lights Out which was the feature film directorial debut of Annabelle Creation's director, David Sandberg.