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Annabelle: Creation (2017)

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12 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, where they soon become the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle.

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12 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, where they soon become the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle.

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Rated R for horror violence and terror. | See all certifications »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$35,006,404 (USA) (13 August 2017)

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$64,156,901 (USA) (20 August 2017)
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David F. Sandberg was initially reluctant to direct the film, due to his general dislike of horror sequels. He changed his mind when it was clear he would be making a standalone prequel, with no major obligations to connect it to the larger franchise beyond a few brief references to the other films. See more »

Goofs

There is a scene in which Sister Charlotte appears to be administering the sacrament of confession to one of her assigned charges.

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Quotes

Linda: Who cares? Run!
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Crazy Credits

Right after the end credits, there is a clip inside a dimly lit hall in Romania. You will notice that the candles will go out one by one and then the outline of the "Demon Nun" will appear. See more »

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References The Conjuring 2 (2016) See more »

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Don't be scared off: "Annabelle: Creation" not a bad flick
23 August 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The original Annabelle from a couple of years ago was a movie that literally made no impact on me whatsoever. It was bad, but not the worst movie of the year type of bad. It was essentially just a 2 hour period of my life that is gone and I'll never get back. I was dreading this second Annabelle movie. Watching a bad movie is one thing, returning to watch a sequel (or prequel in this case) to a bad movie feels like I'm just asking for punishment.

I have to say this movie isn't remotely as bad as I expected. I wouldn't go so far as to call it good, but it was at the very least a step up from the previous Annabelle. This film has some solid atmosphere, scenes that are very tense, and horrifying visuals. It also has quite a few moments of comedy that I assume are intentional. Additionally, the direction by David F. Sandberg is strong.

Notice, I have yet to praise the story. The script is by Gary Dauberman who also wrote the original Annabelle. It goes like this, the Mullins (Miranda Otto and Anthony LaPaglia) lose their daughter (Samara Lee) in a tragic accident. Cut to twelves years later and the Mullins have opened their home to six foster kids and their caretaker Sister Charlotte (Stephanie Sigman) and that's where most the movie sits at for awhile. People are forbidden from entering the room of Mrs. Mullins and the daughter's old room. These rules go as well as you'd expect in a movie. Throughout we largely follow the children as jump scares happen to them and little else. It takes until the film is almost over to get to any real answers to the questions the audience had. Why does Mrs. Mullins isolate herself? How does this in any way relate to that creepy doll that hangs out in the house? Why is Mr. Mullins always such a downer? I know his daughter died, but that was twelve years ago. Surely life has gone on. These are massive plot points that the movie takes entirely too long to answer.

This leads to another problem with the film, and this is a big one. The demon that haunts the house seems to have no rules. One moment is will tear a person in half and the next it has trouble getting someone who's trapped in a barn. It can teleport anywhere at anytime and sometimes even seems to occupy more than one location at once, but for some reason can't quite seem to catch those nosy kids. It's a demon skilled at jump scares, but rarely seems to actually accomplish anything it's shooting for.

This movie is an excellent example of a poorly written movie handled by a skilled director. He can't quite make it good, but at times it almost seems like it had a ghost of a chance.


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