Set in the mid-fifties, a respected doll maker, Samuel Mullins, and his wife, Esther, are struck by tragedy when their daughter, Bee, suddenly dies in an accident.
12 years later a bus of orphans along with their chaperone, Sister Charlotte, arrive at the Mullins residence. Samuel and Esther (now bedridden because of a “condition”), have invited the orphans to stay with them. The children, all young girls, are excited and call the house a castle. They laugh and joke that if they are living in a castle, they must be princesses. They have fun running around and exploring until one of the girls, Janice, enters an off limits room and discovers a doll in a hidden wardrobe.
The doll, Annabelle, now free from confinement (Way to go, Janice), is possessed by a demon and terrorizes the newest residents of the Mullins house. The demon is determined to claim a new soul for itself and be free from the body of the doll.
“Annabelle: Creation” is filled with a TON of jump scares, however, rest assured if you think there is going to be one, there will be. I did like the movie, however, I found it to be highly predictable and more funny than scary. There are several scenes where Annabelle is supposed to be creepily gazing at the girls, but it comes off as awkward and the theater erupted into laughter. While I am certain that laughter wasn’t the intended result, I still enjoyed myself and didn’t find this film to be a huge disappointment.
Talitha Bateman was excellent in her role as Janice, and the story is pretty solid as far as explaining how Annabelle was created and how she came to be possessed. I was particularly impressed that the story makes a COMPLETE circle and ends at the beginning of the original “Annabelle” (2014) movie. We also get a brief glimpse of Valak, the demon nun, and there is a scene that pays tribute to the real-life Annabelle, a Raggedy Ann doll that is held at The Warren’s Occult Museum in Connecticut. A few months back, I did an Annabelle makeup (see below) in which I tried to incorporate the features of the original Raggedy Ann Annabelle as well as the film Annabelle, so seeing a nod to the real-life doll was pretty cool in my book.
Overall, I thought “Annabelle: Creation” was ok. I think it’s worth seeing, but I would save a few bucks and wait for Redbox or Netflix and skip seeing it in the theater.
“Annabelle: Creation,” Rated R, Runtime: 109 min, Director: David F. Sandberg
Starring: Adam Bartley, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Anthony LaPaglia, Joseph Bishara, Kerry O’Malley, Lulu Wilson, Miranda Otto, Philippa Coulthard, Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman
Release Date: August 11, 2017
Special thanks to Allied Integrated Marketing, Darkness Radio and Showplace Icon, St. Louis Park, MN, for allowing me to view this screening!