Chris’ Movie Review
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Annabelle: Creation stars Stephanie Sigman (Sister Charlotte), Talitha Bateman (Janice), Lulu Wilson (Linda), Philippa Coulthard (Nancy), Anthony LaPagila (Samuel Mullins), and Miranda Otto (Esther Mullins).
Two parents, lose their daughter in a car accident. In the middle of their grieving, they invite an entity to live in their house who they think is their daughter. Soon, the entity grows out of control and they lock it up in a room.
12 years later, the couple lets some orphanage kids live with them and one of the kids discovers the doll. Now the entity is loose again and the family needs to find a way to stop it.
Annabelle: Creation is a movie that’s apart of an interesting franchise. The Conjuring 1 and 2 are both successes and they both provide great scares and characters. Annabelle, on the other hand, is living off of the Conjuring franchise and maybe it’s time for it to die off.
For starters, the child acting is really solid. Talitha and Lulu really steal the show from everyone as they have a special bond throughout the film. Talitha has, possibly, the most difficult role due to her character overcoming polio. Her left leg is virtually inoperable throughout the course of the movie. Lulu, on the other hand, has a great range of emotion. From fear, to happiness, to concern, she definitley emtoes well. These two, much like Tom Taylor (The Dark Tower), have promising futures ahead of them. But you didn’t come here for to read all about acting. You want to know how well this film scares you and, well, it’s hit and miss.
A great horror movie needs three things. Great acting, good scares, and likable characters. The plot can be mediocre but you need to make sure that the audience is more focused on the other three aspects as mentioned. Now, did this film deliver on the scares? Yes and no.
I’ve brought this up before but I’m sort of a scaredy-cat with horror movies. I’ll watch them but I’ll shield my eyes from time to time. With that being said, Annabelle: Creation didn’t really get me to shy away from the big screen and that’s not a good thing.
A good scare needs to be something that sticks with you for days, months, even years. The first Conjuring has stuck with me since the day it was released. There are moments that still haunt my mind from time to time and give me chills when looking back on those certain scenes. Annabelle: Creation doesn’t really have any of those moments, which is a shame because there are great set ups everywhere.
The location of where everything takes place is out in the country, in a big old farm house. There’s a creepy shed, a well, basement, and so on. Everything but trees really. The film utilizes these places but not very well. A lot of the time you spend in Annabelle’s room and it’s not a very creepy setting. Especially when there are so many other places that could be used to really drive that scare into you.
The Conjuring, first one, uses the whole house and then some. It takes advantage of the trees, basement, long hallways, and so on. The movie uses almost every inch of the house but Annabelle: Creation mainly sticks to two places. Which, is fine, but you’re not using your imagination at that point. And even if this is based on a true story, you can change things to make it benefit you and the audience. You don’t have to play it by the book.
Now, with all that being said, there are some good scares throughout this film. There is some good tension. There are moments where I looked away because of the creepy imagery and sounds but those moments are way too far and in-between. And by the time you get to the third act, you’re just sort of waiting for the scares to be over. You’re not looking forward seeing what comes next. You just sort of want the movie to end.
Lastly, the characters of this film might be the reason I didn’t care as much as well. To be fair, none of them are bad. Linda and Janice are very compelling. They have a bond that you root for and you’re very interested in seeing how things turn out for them. But everyone else…they’re average. They’re not like in the first Conjuring, where you really liked who was screen and you wanted everyone to be safe. The characters in Annabelle are more or less just there and you don’t necessarily care if they die or not. Which is a shame because if they were just as compelling as The Conjuring then Annabelle: Creation would probably be just as good. Unfortunately, this is a major element missing from the film and there’s not much to root for while viewing it.
I could also go over some of the stupid things the girls do or how the demon doesn’t really make any sense but I’ll leave that alone for now.
Annabelle: Creation is a wanna be Conjuring. They are milking this franchise as much as they can and they need to stop. Yes there are good moments but there isn’t a whole lot to really bring people back for multiple viewings like the Conjuring films do.
The scares are very hit and miss. The characters aren’t the most likable. And the setup is under utilized. But the acting is good. Some of the horror elements are executed well. And the location is awesome to look at.
While this isn’t the worst scary film, it’s just not one that you should run out and see. If anything, go watch the Conjuring movies instead. Because, trust me, they will leave you with chills running down you spine for years to come.
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