Date watched: Sunday 13th August 2017

Format: Cinema

Year released: 2017

First time watching?: Yes

From IMDb: “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.”

I love a good horror movie; they’re great to get the adrenaline pumping, and I especially like them in the cinema when the screen is packed because it adds to the atmosphere and makes them extra spooky. Even though I have an overactive imagination and occasionally get so freaked out by them I don’t sleep afterwards, I still get cravings for them now and again.

We were first introduced to Annabelle in James Wan’s “The Conjuring” a few years ago, in a short scene that got so many people interested she sparked her own little spin off movie. I’m not going to lie to you: I did find the Annabelle movie disappointing, and wasn’t expecting much at all when we went to watch this instalment in the franchise.

This movie was much better than the first movie focused around our possessed doll. The tension was built up far better, and the screenwriters and director were very clever in the ago old trick of show less for more creeps. This leaves way more to the imagination, and helps build up the anticipation for the scares much much more than showing everything right in front of you. They made fantastic use of silence in the movie, again building up the anticipation for something to happen. Far more effective than the overuse of creepy music.

Something needs to be mentioned about the acting skills of the young girls in this movie. Every single one of them was phenomenal. Half of the reason these movies are able to deliver the scares is on the skill of the actors involved, and this particular group of generally unknown girls were particularly impressive; especially Tabitha Eliana Bateman as the disabled Janice who is most affected by everything that goes on and Lulu Wilson as her best friend.

We all know Annabelle is loosely based on a read raggedy Ann doll, but the use of the china doll for the movies makes her all the more sinister on the big screen. There is a wonderful moment later in the movie where one of the characters is given a doll that bears a freaky resemblance to the real Annabelle – who’s true stories are far creepier than anything the movies have touched on if you ask me.

“Annabelle: Creation” delivered more creeps than its predecessor, and was a lot better than I was expecting it to be. The filmmakers used some old tricks to great effect, and while I slept reasonable well after watching the movie, it still provided me with goosebumps and breath holding moments while we were watching it. Good to get the adrenaline pumping.

My rating: 7/10