Annabelle: Creation is a 2017 supernatural horror film directed by David F Sandburg. It is the prequel to the 2014 Annabelle movie and the fourth entry in the Conjuring universe. The film revolves around a group of orphans during the 1950s who move in with a doll maker and his wife after their orphanage closes. One of the orphans named Janice, a young girl stricken with polio, stumbles across the Annabelle doll and the demonic spirit that resides within the doll becomes attached to her, and will stop at nothing to break her body and soul.
Now, as you guys know, I LOVE the Conjuring movies. I know a lot of people consider them overrated, but I think they're two of the most effective supernatural horror movies to come out in the past decade. However, I didn't love the original Annabelle spinoff. Aside from some good direction and a couple of really intense scenes, it was a pretty mediocre horror film and was clearly made to leach off of the success of the original Conjuring.
So when I heard that they were making a prequel to it, I was pretty skeptical. But some of my skepticism was quieted when I heard that David F Sandburg would be directing it. For those who don't know, he directed last year's Lights Out. A movie that I really enjoyed, so I went into with some expectations.
And I was not disappointed. This prequel was a thousand times better than the original Annabelle movie.
Have you ever heard the saying: "It knows what it is"? This is the best way I can describe Annabelle Creation, it knows what it is. It's not trying to be deep and profound like The Babadook or It Comes at Night, nor is it trying to become a classic like the original Conjuring film. It's just trying to be a fun, tense, and scary haunted house movie. And, in my opinion, it very well succeeds.
I really admire David Sandburg's use of cinematography, direction, and sound design. I loved how he used these three aspects to build tension, terror, and to also generate scares. There are quite a few jumpscares in this movie and most of them work quite well. Most of them. There were a few too many at the beginning that this film could've done without. But during the second half, this movie really starts to rack up the tension and produce some genuinely frightening and disturbing moments.
I also really loved the relationship between Janice and her friend Linda. They really came off as very believable and I loved how their friendship developed throughout the movie. It also made certain scenes hard to watch.
That being said, I really wish we could've gotten to know the other girls better. As well as Sister Charlotte. I know the story was supposed to be about Janice and Linda, but the other characters could have benefited from a little bit more development.
All in all, this is what the first Annabelle movie should've been.
It's a fun haunted house movie with some amazing atmosphere, great direction, awesome cinematography, and a really sweet friendship. Sure there are a couple unnecessary jumpscares and some of the other characters could've been developed more, but other than that I had a blast with this film.
Just don't go into this movie expecting The Changeling or The Babadook, but rather a fun haunted house movie with a lot of good jumps and some really cool scares.
Final Rating: 4/5 Spooks!