REVIEW: “Annabelle: Creation” is a strong addition to “The Conjuring” Universe

REVIEW: “Annabelle: Creation” is a strong addition to “The Conjuring” Universe

By Rayan Tilmatine, Staff–

The new school year is not the only thing that will leave you petrified. The new horror film “Annabelle: Creation” is projected as a prequel of the first “Annabelle” film. After seven years of a dollmaker’s (Anthony Lapaglia) daughter’s death, his wife (Miranda Otto) and him invite a nun (Stephanie Sigman) and several orphan girls, including main character Janice (Talitha Bateman), into their home.

Little do the guests know what is lingering in the dead daughter’s old bedroom, and they soon become a target of Annabelle, a possessed doll.

Although the first “Annabelle” was widely seen as a disappointment, the announcement of the prequel has widely increased the series’ appeal.

Director David F. Sandberg has done a fantastic job manipulating the lighting and shot framing to hide shadows, keeping the audience constantly restless and waiting to see what horrific thing will happen next.

Each scene is major piece to the puzzle and there are no dull moments. The climax is tense and entertaining, with the added bonus of great acting. Though the movie is filled with arguably too many jump scares, the unique camera shots play with your mind and keep you on edge.

In this movie, it is quite easy to tell when there will be a jump scare. The music stops and there is a sudden moment of silence, then something jumps out. Though expected, the suddenness of the jump scares will keep you on edge.

The ending of the film is a thriller, and is the exact same scene as the beginning of the original “Annabelle” film, revealing to the audience that the second movie is a prequel to the first.

By the end, “Annabelle: Creation” will have your hairs standing on end and leave you spooked whenever you go to bed.

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