Annabelle: Creation is a 2017 American supernatural horror filmdirected by David F. Sandberg and written by Gary Dauberman. It is a prequel to 2014's Annabelle and the fourth installment in The Conjuring Universe. The film stars Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Anthony LaPaglia, and Miranda Otto, and depicts the possessed Annabelle doll's origin. It premiered at the LA Film Festival on June 19, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on August 11, 2017.
A sequel, Annabelle Comes Home, was released on June 26, 2019.
Former toy maker Sam Mullins and his wife, Esther, are happy to welcome a nun and six orphaned girls into their California farmhouse. Years earlier, the couple's 7-year-old daughter Annabelle died in a tragic car accident. Terror soon strikes when one child sneaks into a forbidden room and finds a seemingly innocent doll that appears to have a life of its own.
Why It Rocks
- Brilliant and impressive performances from the actors, especially Joseph Bishara as the demon that haunts Annabelle.
- A dark, suspensful setting/environment that fits the tone of the movie.
- Well-done story devlopment.
- Annabelle is still a haunting, unpredictable antagonist.
- Many scary scenes that’ll leave you shivering in terror, such as the scene where the Demon breaks Samuel’s fingers with it’s supernatural powers.
- Interesting, well-developed characters, especially the sympathetic main character, Janice.
- The way the film shows the origin story of how Annabelle became a demonic figure is nicely-done and well-executed.
- The cinematography is decent and captures the tone the other Conjuring films had.
- The post-credits scene is unexpected, as we get a glimpse of the Demon Nun (Valak) from The Conjuring 2, which will leave audiences wondering what will happen in the next film.
Annabelle: Creation received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised the atmosphere, acting and Sandberg's direction, and noted it as an improvement over its predecessor. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 70% based on 158 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Annabelle: Creation adds another strong chapter to the Conjuring franchise–and offers further proof that freaky-looking dolls remain reliably terrifying." Metacritic, another review aggregator, assigned the film a weighted average score of 62 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".