- Annabelle: Creation
- Film Review: ‘Annabelle: Creation’
- ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Review: Horror’s Bad Doll Gets a Sinister-Stuffed Origin Story
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The demon doll from the Conjuring movies remains creepy, even if this prequel feels occasionally wooden. While Universal tries to launch its Dark Universe of monsters and Lionsgate prepares an eighth Saw movie, one horror franchise has mushroomed successfully under the radar. Anthony LaPaglia plays an improbably prosperous dollmaker in the s, and Miranda Otto his wife—they are the soon-to-be bereaved parents of seven-year-old Bee Samara Lee. The fourth film in the Conjuring Universe, Annabelle: Creation is well performed, but the rhythm of the scares feels slightly off. Characters scream when they should be quiet and whimper when they should be hollering their heads off. That said, it is still terrifying—a monster this grotesque will always be unsettling—but director David F.
We couldn't have hated Annabelle more. An idiotic, incoherent, cynical cash-in that treated horror fans like fools, it was clearly a lazy and hurried money spinner after the success of James Wan's The Conjuring.
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It certainly cements its director, Swedish export David F. Like the patient simmer Wan can create before unleashing a spine-tingling image, Sandberg likes the low boil of orientation and build-up — the chance to appreciate a negative space in which nothing jumps out — before tickling your apprehension with sinister proof. It might be a pair of faintly glowing eyes or a flicker of fuzzy movement in the background, or just another shot of that damned doll doing zilch but sitting there with its filmy skin, glampunk eyes, and crumpled dress. But it works like the hit of hot fat from a freshly made French fry. And like his first feature, diminishing light sources are potently deployed for white-knuckle results. Elsewhere, like the proverbial gun in the first act that must be used in the second, the early introduction of a dumbwaiter and a mechanized stair lift turn into nifty suspense settings later.
Film Review: ‘Annabelle: Creation’
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‘Annabelle: Creation’ Review: Horror’s Bad Doll Gets a Sinister-Stuffed Origin Story