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Annabelle: Creation (2017)


Released:  Friday, August 11, 2017  
Length:  109 minutes
Studio: New Line Cinema
Genre: Horror
Rating: Annabelle: Creation is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaUnder 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

Annabelle: Creation Synopsis

She’s back!

From New Line Cinema comes “Annabelle: Creation,” with David F. Sandberg (“Lights Out”) helming the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful “Annabelle,” which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters. The new film is once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who previously partnered on “The Conjuring” hit movies.

In “Annabelle: Creation,” several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a doll maker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home. They soon become the target of the doll maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

Sandberg directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote “Annabelle.” The film stars Stephanie Sigman (“Spectre”), Talitha Bateman (“The 5th Wave”), Lulu Wilson (“Ouija 2,” “Deliver Us from Evil”), Philippa Coulthard (“After the Dark”), Grace Fulton (“Badland”), Lou Lou Safran (“The Choice”), Samara Lee (“Foxcatcher,” “The Last Witch Hunter”), and Tayler Buck in her feature film debut, with Anthony LaPaglia (TV’s “Without a Trace”) and Miranda Otto (Showtime’s “Homeland,” “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy).

Serving as executive producers on “Annabelle: Creation” are Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter and Hans Ritter.

Collaborating with Sandberg behind-the-scenes from his “Lights Out” team are production designer Jennifer Spence, editor Michel Aller and composer Benjamin Wallfisch, joined by director of photography Maxime Alexandre (“The Other Side of the Door”) and costume designer Leah Butler (“Paranormal Activity 3 & 4”).

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Annabelle: Creation Blu-ray Review

Annabelle: Creation Blu-ray Review
A common phobia seems to be the fear of dolls, particularly old, porcelain dolls. When you have that fear and couple it with the doll actually being possessed, it's the stuff nightmares are made of.  Creepy looking faces that talk would probably make anyone run away screaming but Annabelle definitely evokes that reaction.

In the latest version of that scenario, Annabelle: Creation is a prequel to 2015's Annabelle film, but the ties also go back to The Conjuring (2013), where we first heard about the doll from Ed and Lorraine Warren.  

The film features the story of Samuel (Anthony LaPaglia; Without a Trace) and Esther Mullins (Miranda Otto; Lord of The Rings) who lose their daughter Bee (Samara Lee; The Last Witch Hunter) in a tragic accident. After 12 years, they decide they will open their house to a nun, Sister Charlotte( Stephanie Sigman; Narcos),  and six orphaned girls. The only stipulation is that they do not enter Bee's locked room. However, the door somehow opens one day, unleashing evil throughout the house and into the girls' lives. 

When The Conjuring was initially released one of the highlights for most viewers was the brief story of the Annabelle doll told at the beginning of the film, and audiences asked Warner Bros for more. While the 2015 Annabelle film helped to flesh out more of the mystery surrounding this malicious character it still left many open questions. With Annabelle: Creation the producers and creators of The Conjuring universe try to answer some of these mysteries.

Director David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) offers up some good jump scares throughout the film but the pacing does seem slow at times.  He evokes some scary moments and the cast does a nice job of portraying those harrowing scenes.  Overall the cast is good but not great. LaPaglia and Otto offer some emotional moments but I didn't feel all that connected to them.  Same goes for Sister Charlotte and the children featured in the film. You feel sorry for the situation they are in however that is as far as it goes. At no point do you feel like you really took a journey with the characters of the film.  Instead, it seems more like you are a voyeur just looking into their lives.

Annabelle: Creation is presented in 2.40:1  aspect ratio with a 1080p AVC codec.  As with most modern releases, the blacks are spot on and there are no visible signs of artifacting. While the film looks a bit washed out this was a deliberate choice by Sandberg in order to portray another time and place other than our modern one. The Dolby Atmos audio is one of the bright spots of the film.  The surround sound helps kick the scariness up a notch and there were definitely moments that made me jump simply from being surrounded by the sounds of terror and suspense.

Aside from the feature-length film and the now standard Digital HD copy of Annabelle: Creation the Blu-ray combo pack also sports a commentary track by director  David F. Sandberg, a featurette of deleted scenes, Directing Annabelle (a look behind the camera and what it takes to direct a film, The Conjuring Universe (a look at the broader universe being built by Warner Bros and producer, James Wan), and two shorts films directed by Sandberg.

Annabelle: Creation is another step for producer/director James Wan and Warner Bros. to create a horror universe that they are hoping one day will rival Disney's Marvel one. It is a solid entry for them and helps further move along the mythology they are trying to convey to the world. Next up for them is the spin-off film Nun which will feature one of the characters from The Conjuring 2. With the success that Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation have had there is no doubt we will be seeing more films in the Conjuring world for a long time to come.

Grade: B


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