Several 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.
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With a premise right out of an early 70's Stephen King short story and a melancholy, James Newton Howard-ish score, "Annabelle: Creation" continues the "Conjuring" series' penchant for injecting the genre with a welcome dose of film school class. It's refreshing to see a Hollywood horror film in which Friedkin and Lynch feel like touchstones, and the "R" rating is simply for a pervasive mood of terror and dread.
The ending is a bit rushed and sort of falls short, but the first and middle acts (especially the middle one) are pretty good. Great atmosphere, good acting and some decent jump scares. Plus it's a MASSIVE improvement on the first installment. I'm sold. Liked it a lot.
To think that a *prequel* of a *spin-off* can be near as good as the original film. An exception that sometimes, unoriginality and uncreativity of Hollywood can still result in a good time at the movies. The key here is by employing a director who know his horror, and David F. Sandberg just screamed to the world that LIGHTS OUT were no fluke and he now join the ranks of A-list horror director.