Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Annabelle: Creation Review By Steve "Sandwich" Hanisch

Year:​ ​2017 
Directed​ ​By:​ ​David F. Sandberg 
Tagline​: “Twelve years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle.” 
Rotten​ ​Tomatoes​ ​Score​: 67% IMDb​ ​Rating​: 7.1/10

If you know me, you know I can’t stay away from the Conjuring Universe. Coming are reviews of the rest of the films but recently I saw Annabelle: Creation. Boy oh boy was there not a lot of actual sleeping going on last night for me. And I don’t mean that in any sort of sexual innuendo, more like cuddled up to the dog all night with the lights on. 

Usually sequels are less than stellar in comparison to the original. Spinoffs are in the same boat. But spinoff sequels? Well. Are there any good ones? Especially in the horror world? Well. The buck stops here. Every single movie in the Conjuring Universe has scared the piss out of me and Annabelle: Creation is no different. Coming in at a cool hour-fifty, it feels like an eternity. While at some moments they feed into some typical horror scares, most of the time, the unexpected happens. Every moment is tense, every scare leaves you breathless. I had pit stains after twenty minutes of the film. Fifteen of those minutes were set-up too. 

Dialogue is what it is in this film, that was the only thing I thought was a little cringe-worthy and predictable. But, I don’t know about you, I don’t go to watch horror films for the dialogue. I do enjoy the fact that this was an origin story and it feeds nicely at the end into the rest of the franchise. It’s technically a prequel to the prequel spinoff which is a unique idea. If you want scares, you got scares baby. It’s a good horror film. I don’t want to spoil too much since it’s a brand new film, I won’t do the minute by minute jokes I typically do because I want you to experience it pure without any spoilers about anything. 

The one thing I will spoil is there’s another spinoff movie coming out at some point for another character in the Conjuring Universe so stay for the post-credit scene afterwards. That one is going to be absolutely terrifying. I would say I side with IMDb more than Rotten Tomatoes, though like usual they sum it up pretty well: “Annabelle: Creation adds another strong chapter to the Conjuring franchise - and offers further proof that freaky-looking dolls remain reliably terrifying.” Both gave the film good scores, I feel they could have been even a little higher. I have no idea who’s watching this and going, “Meh, it was okay.” I call bullshit on that guy or gal. I was very happy with how good it was, typically by the time you get this far out from the original film that inspired this movie, you’re starting to stretch for ideas and scares. 

However, leave it to these filmmakers to keep us nice and petrified. Including yours truly. So go, enjoy looking at any and all dolls after this one and all the things that creak and go bump in the night. 

Review and General Shenanigans Written By: Steve “Sandwich” Hanisch 

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