Dumb Dolls: Our Review of ‘Annabelle: Creation’

Posted in Movies, Theatrical by - August 11, 2017
Dumb Dolls: Our Review of ‘Annabelle: Creation’

Its hard to figure what’s more frustrating in Annabelle Creation: the laziness of the writing or the study of the plot. I suppose after over an hour and a half of insufferable and inescapable boredom punctuated by family horror tropes, it doesn’t matter.

This prequel that came to being because a genuinely good scary movie had a creepy doll in it is a mostly wasted endeavor, and it certainly doesn’t need to be. For reasons unknown, a promising start in which  the daughter of a devout couple , one of whom is a doll maker, dies suddenly and tragically. Well, it’s not promising for her, but as horror movies go, it’s a traumatic moment that can certainly lead to terrifying consequences.

Some twelve years, which brings us into the 1930s or 40s, a group of female orphans, lead by a nun, are given a place to live by this apparently still grieving couple. The husband, who sounds a lot like Liam Neeson, is gruff and tells the kids where not to go. So of course they go there. The room of their deceased daughter is has been left as it was, and that includes a creepy doll sitting in the closet.

The most precocious of the girls, Janice (Talitha Bateman), who also has polio, investigated, uncovers the doll, and also meets a presence. Weird things start happening, testimonies are dismissed for a while, and nothing makes sense.

Annabelle:Creation is has all the familiar workings of recent paranormal horror films: things moving in the background, louds sounds that may or may not be someone playing a prank, demonic presences that have ambiguous powers and strange deficiencies.

It takes way too long to get to any point scary in this film, and at that point, nothing at all makes sense, nor is it the least bit compelling. The demon seems stymied by kids running and hiding, and is more or less content stalking slowly and making light bulbs explode. Except when it wants to inflict torture on random people – then it’s got a lot of strength.

Nothing is new or the least bit compelling. Annabelle becomes laughable before it becomes tense in this tepid, worthless prequel.

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