EQ REVIEWS - Annabelle: Creation (2017)
R / 109 minutes
Twelve years after the tragic death of their daughter, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a closed orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle.
What 'Annabelle: Creation' proves is that just like with last year's, 'Ouija: Origin of Evil', you can have a prequel/sequel to a poorly received/made horror film and give new life to it with a better director, script and cast and end up with tremendous results. I will say that while this isn't in any way a horror film that redefines the wheel in terms of creativity or originality, what 'Lights Out' director David F. Sandberg was able to do was take a pre-existing character/lore and whip up a fun and entertaining horror film that built up a really good and interesting backstory to the character of Annabelle. The film also benefited from it's tight pacing, solid acting from nearly everyone, especially the two young leads Talitha Bateman and Lulu Wilson (who also happened to be in the aforementioned and positively reviewed 'Ouija' prequel) and with the exception of some routinely placed jump scares, featured some genuinely frightening sequences that were accompanied by a very good score and a perfectly atmospheric and sinister tone. 'Annabelle: Creation' isn't a genre defining film by any means but it sets out to make a fun and entertaining haunted house horror film and it succeeds on nearly every level. Sandberg is now two for two in my book, giving us two horror films that I felt were on par with each other quality-wise, with his entry in 'The Conjuring' universe being a very solid addition and only getting me even more excited for his next film. This easily trumps the first 'Annabelle' film and is so far, one of the better horror films to come out in 2017.