Annabelle: Creation (Movie Review)

By: Matt Suzara

Annabelle Creation heads back to into the origins of the demonic doll that still haunts you at night. Doll maker Samuel Mullins (Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife (Miranda Otto) lost their only daughter Annabelle (Samara Lee) in a freak accident. Twelve years later, the couple decided to let a group of orphans and a nun to live with them. The kids were all happy to move into their new home but didn't really know that a dark spirit is already lurking inside that house waiting for their arrival.  

The creepy doll is back, and even some might say that we really don't need a prequel of some sort - Producer James Wan and Director David Sandberg prove that this should exist because it is an important and thrilling piece to the Conjuring universe. Annabelle Creation has a lot of effective ways to scare the hell out of its viewers. There are plenty of jump scares and creative scenes that will definitely surprise you and caught you off guard. I also love the fact that it settles to start in a slow and steady pace but when it actually reaches that momentum towards to that disturbing parts; it never leaves that state and relentlessly delivers heart-pounding moments. 

The young cast did the trick most of the times as their curiosity leads to unbearable consequences. You'll actually love to hate this kids especially the two girls played by Talitha Bateman and the always impressive Lulu Wilson. They both shined and really made the most out of the trust given to them by their Director. Samara Lee looked like a live doll and creeps us most of the time while Anthony LaPaglia, Miranda Otto and Stephanie Sigaman also did their part in bringing their talent to this horror picture.

As for the doll, Annabelle will still give you nightmares with that sinister smile and eyes that follow you whenever you go. It proves that dolls are still one of those successful mediums for a scary flick. The setting is also a plus with an old weird house with plenty of rooms and dark corners. It also has that eerie vibe and frightening sound effects that slowly get into your nerves. 

Overall, Annabelle: Creation is a chilling spinoff that effectively gives the audience a hair-raising horror experience they deserve. Two more Conjuring films are heading to our way in the future, and I really can't wait to see what these brilliant minds could offer after this one. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 10 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Lulu Wilson, Talitha Bateman, Miranda Otto

Directed by: David Sandberg
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures PH
Opens August 23 in cinemas with Sneak Previews on August 14-15