Director – David F. Sandberg
Cast – Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson, Anthony LaPaglia, Miranda Otto, Stephanie Sigman.
Rating – 3.5/5
It has been a recurring trend in the film world for horror movies in the series succeeding the original to be extremely dull and disappointing. After capturing the horror genre all over the world with Conjuring in 2013, the makers New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Pictures, tried to cash in on the success with Annabelle in 2014 and Conjuring 2 in 2016. As predicted, lacklustre script, typical music and cheap scare tactics resulted in a less than worthy follow up to the widely loved Conjuring series.
Now, it seems the trend has been broken with the recently released film ‘Annabelle: Creation’. This is the fourth film in the series so far and the only one which has been able to live up to the expectations of the first film in the series.
As the title suggests, the film focuses on the origins of the eerie doll Annabelle around which the series has been based. The fact that the doll is not just a fictional imagination makes it even more sinister.
Interesting camera angles add to the already strong visual language of the film. From the image of a cross in a dark room to the gory scenes resembling the crucifixion, the director David F. Sandberg has been able to add so much more character to Annabelle: Creationthan your everyday horror movie.
The story revolves around a group of young girls who have come to live with the Mullins after their orphanage closed down. Accompanied by Sister Charlotte (Stephanie Sigman), the story develops after one of the orphan girls Janice (Taliha Bateman) along with her sweet best friend Linda (Lulu Wilson) find the ominous doll in a room which is supposed to be locked up and is prohibited entry to. Janice, weakened by polio, becomes the easy target as it is common logic that the weak and innocent are the easiest targets for evil forces.
Sandberg has been able to master the portrayal of fear in his characters and this fact has somewhat been able to overshadow the gaps in acting in many scenes. Fortunately, after a good build up in the first half, the movie is able to lead up to an equally gut wrenching climax. The audience are at the edge of their seats as the director has been able to show the common scary tricks and go beyond them to surprise and shock the viewer at the same time.
The barn sequence in the film truly scared the wits out of the viewers. The religious imagery and commentary on the relation between religion and evil in the film has been done beautifully. The narrative of the story has been able to finally connect the entire series as one and not just separate spin-offs under the same banner.
Truly, Sandberg has been able to do some justice to the film. For added kicks, opt for a late night show and enjoy this film which is finally giving a sequel worthy of the Conjuring series.