The Movie: 7.5/10
I’ll give full disclosure, I LOVE horror movies, and I LOVE science fiction movies, so my view of most films in these categories are watched through a bit of a filter. That being said, I am not that big of a fan of the whole Conjuring franchise and collection of flicks, to which Annabelle Creation belongs. OK, so THAT being said, enough with the disclosures….I enjoyed this movie quite a bit. They did cheat though, let’s be honest. If you put children in direct path of danger of any kind it heightens the drama, the fear, and the “NOOOO” factor considerably. I’m convinced, once you show me kids, that the danger is real and the villain is just that much more villainous.
We meet the creator of the original Annabelle doll, a man in the 50’s who hand crafted the evil little pile of wood. Well, it wasn’t evil to begin with, but you need to see the movie to figure out how that whole thing happened. What I will tell you is that tragedy befalls the man and his wife, and we skip forward to a houseful of young girls who are orphans, when the tragedy and that evil come home to roost.
Yes, I said orphans, oh and a nun, so it’s gonna get really creepy.
We find out the reason our beloved and very unpleasantly designed Annabelle has been associated with the kind of black evil stuff we know followed her in earlier movies, well, set in the future, but from the past? Yeah, the timeline for these movies is something you need to work out as you explore the whole Conjuring universe. There is a darkness that seems to be lingering just under the surface of our existence that can be tapped into if you are desperate enough to let it in, and our tragic doll maker did just that and voila, we have a movie franchise:)
The scares in Annabelle Creation are mostly the cheap kind, jump scares, but they work for me in this setting. A creepy old house full of vulnerable people, dark corners, creaking doors, creaking floors, and even a mysterious woman hiding out in her room wearing half a doll mask….super creepy! With all this going on, each time it’s quiet and we are staring into the darkness of a long hallway or a slowly opening door, it’s easy to get sucked in and BAM! the jump scare comes. Usually I don’t like it but I was fine with how they used them in this context. It works. I recoiled a lot, gritted my teeth and squinted my eyes when a few of the more intense scenes came long, which is wonderful. I am a pretty grizzled 49 (50 tomorrow) year old woman who has watched so many scary movies it’s hard to get me riled up. This was a treat. I’m not saying it’s a great movie or anything. It has flaws, of course, but I enjoyed the whole experience and if they do make more movies in this universe I’ll watch.
I do think this movie can stand on its own. You don’t need to have watched The Conjuring, Conjuring II, or Annabelle to get the gist. In fact, I think they do a good job of making each one a stand alone story that takes you on a separate journey even though they are all joined by threads of the darkness hiding in those corners and long hallways…oh and damp basements.
- Directing Annabelle: Creation (42 Minutes) – A very impressive behind the scenes video where Director David F Sandberg tells you exactly what it’s like to be a director.
- Audio Commentary With Director David Sandberg
- Deleted Scenes Featurette (12 Minutes) – Commentary over the many deleted scenes.
- The Conjuring Universe (5 Minutes) – EPK style featurette that takes you through the franchise and beyond.
- Horror Shorts Attic Panic & Coffer (6 Minutes)
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 5/10
Even though the image is from one of the most unsettling scenes from the movie I’m not sure I like it as the cover. It does show that a child is in danger, and the doll isn’t featured which is nice, so maybe I like it more than I think I do. I wouldn’t have it as a poster because I would need the whole set and I’m not that big of a fan of the whole Conjuring world in general..
Audio & Video: 8/10
Annabelle Creation comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Warner and a lovely 2.40:1 1080P transfer. There is a great sense of depth to the mostly dark picture and fine detail is superb especially on close up’s. The only thing missing here is no 4K release. This is a great looking film in every sense.
The films Dolby Atmos mix makes up for about 50 percent of the movies scare factor. If you hate jump scares it’s going to be a rough one for you, but the difference between silence and deafening loudness here is unbelievable. The Atmos track also utilises the speakers above you for added scares, especially when the demon is above you.
Overall Score 7.5/10