Director: David F. Sandberg
Cast: Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Anthony LaPaglia, Miranda Otto
Age Restriction: 13 H V
Runtime: 1hr 49min
Release Date: 18 August 2017
Everyone's favourite demonic doll is back with her second solo outing – only this time, we get to see how she really came to be.
The first Annabelle film – although scary – left many plot holes in its wake, particularly with regards to her origin story.
Warner Bros have clearly listened to the masses as Annabelle: Creation attempts to rectify the first chapter's mistakes, tying up all loose ends – and it does the job better than we could have expected!
A prequel to the first film – Annabelle: Creation fills in the blanks, telling the complete uncut origins of the demon doll. While her origins aren't particularly lengthy, Creation's main plot focuses on a couple who take in a group of orphans.
Unfortunately for the orphans, their new home is also occupied by the creepy doll who has sinister plans for them all.
Filmmaker David F. Sandberg – best known for his impressive horror feature, Lights Out – takes the reins for Annabelle's second solo project; and steers the doll into the right direction.
Not only is the origin well-told, but the story itself remains satisfying from start to finish – with relatable (and well-developed) characters audiences can actually root for.
While the first film utilised cliched jump scares, which was effective enough to generate heart-pounding fear; Sandberg smartly opts for innovation.
Sandberg instead uses tension to frighten the living daylights out of audiences. And it works mainly because of unpredictability, and steering clear from the usual horror movie tropes.
Verdict: Innovative horror, a satisfying plot and rectifying all the mistakes from the original make Annabelle: Creation a superior follow-up.