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Annabelle: Creation adds another strong chapter to the Conjuring franchise - and offers further proof that freaky-looking dolls remain reliably terrifying.
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Sometimes a creepy-looking doll is just a creepy-looking doll and no amount of repetition can make the sweet old song You Are My Sunshine even the slightest bit scary.
The set-up is promising, and it offers some decent early jump scares. But eventually the thinness of the material becomes overwhelmingly obvious.
It might not be another Conjuring, but [Annabelle: Creation] manages to channel the appeal of the franchise well enough to keep its blood flowing until the next installment.
Has echoes of the original film, and works more with mood and less with cheap scares than either Annabelle or The Conjuring 2, resulting in a truly effective genre flick.
While the original Annabelle was a rather decent, well-crafted chiller, this one seems a bit more ham-fisted and less satisfying.
It's proof that slower doesn't always mean better in horror.
Annabelle Creation has given me new hope that future spin off films in this franchise have the potential to be good.
Annabelle: Creation is an excellent film, filled with excitement and terror. [Full Review in Spanish]
Too fixated on the explosive and bombastic properties of shock horror to understand the kind of fear truly effective horror movies leave in their wake.
It fixes the problems of its predecessor without making the first film irrelevant ...
Annabelle: Creation is the most frightening film of 2017, so far, and it renews my faith in The Conjuring spin-off films. There are a couple scares that come across more funny than frightening, but overall I am very pleased with this film.
There's very little that might qualify as new in this prequel to a prequel.
Kind of disappointing. I didn't hate it, but I felt like it dragged a bit and I'm not sure it really made sense either. Would a nun really move into some random's house with 6 underage orphan girls? I will admit Annabelle is some creepy ass looking doll and I jumped a few times, but Annabelle herself doesn't really do anything. I feel like this would be a better movie if she was like a female Chucky doll.
I liked the two main orphan girls. I'm not sure about the ending. I got it, but didn't get why.
Not awful but could have been better.
Much more effective than the first Annabelle movie, this is a smart prequel made by a very competent director who knows how to avoid the clichés and build tension mostly through the use of silence, relying on a creepy mystery that slowly grows to become something terrifying.
There is nothing about this movie that I didn't like. Tense, amusing and brilliantly acted! Much better than than first. hugely enjoyable!
I can't believe this is the review I'm writing for this film, but Annabelle: Creation is awesome. After the huge disappointment that was the first Annabelle, I had no intention on seeing this second instalment, until it's trailers intrigued me and had me slightly interested. The trailers definitely don't lie here, because this is honestly one of the best experiences I've had watching a horror movie in a long time. In terms of straight-up terror, this film delivers on every front. Here is why I believe Annabelle: Creation deserves your attention in theatres if you plan on seeing it at all.
Quite honestly, the first film was about as simple as you could get in terms of storytelling, and while this film doesn't do many things to differ itself in terms of story, it absolutely makes up for that with its characters. Being set 12 years after the death of the Higgins' daughter, they turn their house into an orphanage, where six children are to live, accompanied by a nun. Discovering secrets about the couple who lives there, this film very quickly turns into a roller coaster ride of thrills. The characters surrounding these events is truly what made this film stand above its predecessor, because I found myself attached to the main characters by the end, which was mainly due to the fact that there are some outstanding performances from the two leading girls.
I was into this film from the very beginning, even though it does have a slow start, but the performances of Talitha Bateman and Lulu Wilson is really what put Annabelle: Creation over the edge for me. This may sound like high praise, but I truly found myself engaged in every line of dialogue they were given. They invested themselves in their respective roles so much, to the point where I found myself thinking I was watching real events being presented on-screen. There are a few moments in particular when they outshine every other performer in the film, and they were the youngest of the bunch. I can't wait to see more from these two actresses, because they have very bright futures ahead of them.
When it comes to the Annabelle doll, the film never once benefits from that aspect. It's sad to say, but the object that the film is based around, just isn't all that scary. This is where the first film suffered so much, because it solely relied on the audience feeling unsettled by the image of the doll, offering nothing else to back it up. This time around, it's the fact that everything surrounding the doll is more terrifying, so you know that you should be ready to be scared whenever the doll presents itself. Yes, you may find yourself predicting certain story elements, but there are some genuinely goosebumps-worthy scenes throughout this film. I will be remembering this as one of the most satisfying horror experiences for quite some time. Maybe not in terms of story, but I can confidently state that this film serves as a better straight-up horror flick than The Conjuring was. It's definitely not the better movie, but it's 100% scarier.
In the end, this isn't going to be known as one of the best horror films of all time, or even of this decade, but it's definitely one of the best you will be able to see this year. There is some great character depth, some truly horrifying imagery that sent chills down my spine, and it has some of the best cinematography I've seen in a Hollywood horror film in quite some time. The reason I can give this such a huge recommendation, is due to the fact that people who didn't care for the first film will more than likely love this sequel in comparison, and newcomers can easily enter this film without having seen the first. Annabelle: Creation is nothing you haven't seen in terms of jump scares and storytelling, but it invests you in its characters and provides some very nice plot twists to keep you engaged throughout. If you aren't sucked in by those elements, I trust you will be surprised by how chilling some of the sequences are. If you were ever planning on checking this film out, I believe it deserves your attention while it's out in theatres.
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