Director: David F. Sandberg
Writer/s: Gary Dauberman
Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Samara Lee, Miranda Otto, Lulu Wilson, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Stephanie Sigman, and more.
It has been about three years since ‘Annabelle’ was released. Being a part of the ever growing-in-fame Wan-iverse, caused this film to take on heavy criticism. Some say it is the worst installment in the universe. I would agree with that statement although I enjoy the film more than the typical viewer. However, now in 2017 we are playing with a different beast of a film and the same doll. Here we have the Oberrated Review of ‘Annabelle: Creation’, the origin story of the famous Annabelle doll within the Wan-iverse and a hopeful for the title of a horror success film in 2017.
“12 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, where they soon become the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.”
Well this was quite a trip. Initially, the trailers for ‘Annabelle: Creation’ were less than stellar to me. They seemed to portray a typical horror flick with possessions and spooky jump scares. I am the guy that laughs at most horror films so I was ready to giggle for almost two hours. Well… that was not the case… kind of. ‘Annabelle: Creation’ exceeded my expectations, or more like blew them away. One key reason for this was the sheer horror aspect of this film. Okay, I know that seems like an obvious statement because we are talking about a horror movie but look at what Hollywood has done to the genre. Seeing an actual horror flick do some justice using horror elements, that is a shocking and refreshing experience nowadays. Anyway, as I said, this film took horror moments and barraged them at the audience for almost the entire run time. On top of that statement, the horror moments were actually scary! *gasp* All jokes aside, James Wan is the secret mastermind behind this universe, partnered with fantastic directors, these films have only continued to impress me and have me quietly applauding the horror I am witnessing during these films. ‘Annabelle: Creation’ is no exception.
I have been reading criticisms on the story lacking substance or some variable of that statement. Well I will stand against these criticisms. For an origin story of the doll and the spirit manifesting it, I thought this was very solid and carried well throughout the film. How this story intertwines to the events of ‘Annabelle’ from 2014 was fantastically done as well. I loved it and I loved this story. Making the horror elements work as well as it did with a flowing story, I am blown away by this film.
Now, for a glaring issue I DO have with this movie. You could have guessed it. *clears throat* WHY IS EVERYONE SO DAMN STUPID IN HORROR MOVIES!? Ok, I understand that most of this cast was “only children”. I do not give a DAMN! Some of these actions were the most moronic things they could possibly do. Typical horror shit but I am sorry, I can never get over the cringe-worthy decision making that happens in 90% of horror films.
So alright, I got a little angry about decision making but regardless, it does not affect how impressed I was with this film. The almost constant barrage of horror and actually being scary was astounding to me. And to pair that with a great story that does wonders to tie in the first movie, unlike many of its predecessors, simply astounding. I loved ‘The Conjuring 2’ and especially the nun sequence with the painting, but ‘Annabelle: Creation’ was so consistent and terrifying that I place this slightly above it.
P.S. Stay to the end of the credits. There is a mid and end credit scene and the end credit has me HYPPPPEEEED!