Annabelle : Creation
Cast : Anthony Paglia, Miranda Otto, Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman
Grade : B+
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.
So let's just get one thing out of the way. I hate horror movies. I hate being scared and can't wrap my head around the fact why anyone would enjoy paying to get the shit scared out of themselves. That being said, this was probably the most fun I've had in a movie theater this summer because of the crowd I watched it with AND how relentless this movie is. 'Annabelle: Creation' is a prequel to the piece of shit 'Annabelle' that came out 3 years ago and is a great turn for The Conjuring universe BACK to quality horror after the misstep that was the first Annabelle.
Director David F. Sandberg, who directed last year's 'Lights Out' which also gave me a heart attack directs this and I have to admit - does a really really good job. This is a beautifully shot movie AND an incredibly taut and tense horror movie from start to finish. Like I said, horror is not my cup of tea but Sandberg does a really good job at letting us get to know these characters while also scaring the shit out of you consistently.
Some may argue that this is a typical jump scare type of movie, but I firmly disagree. The entire time I was watching this, I was curled up because it doesn't let you relax. It's a genuinely good movie that never allows you to settle after an out of your seat moment.
To me, the star of this is Talitha Bateman, who plays a girl who has only use of 1 of her legs. From the start you're like "Oh.... Oh ya. She's gonna be the easy prey" and hey you're not wrong but she sells THIS ROLE INCREDIBLY WELL. To be able to be this gripping to watch at such a young age is amazing!
Grade : B+