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.
The situation in the house becomes soon really creepy with the sign of evil.
"Annabelle: Creation" falls in accordance with the advanced awfulness wave. It's the fourth film in "The Conjuring" serie — and the second spinoff to focus on Annabelle, a freaky-looking doll that resembles the Victorian-period cousin of "Child's Play's" Chucky — and it has every one of the components of a contemporary frightfulness hit, including the frightening doll, the spooky (or spooked out) kids and the house that is too huge not to be alarming during the evening.
On the off chance that exclusive it were, you know, scarier. "Annabelle: Creation" has yells and hop alarms, yet never feels really frightening. Obviously a bad dream funhouse doll will be aggravating when sitting in the shadows and gazing dead at the camera, that is guaranteed. In any case, screenwriter Gary Dauberman and executive David F. Sandberg ("Lights Out") don't do what's necessary to develop the historical backdrop of Annabelle or jump any more profound than the doll's surface-level, innate dreadfulness. What you see is the thing that you get.
Sandberg, as far as it matters for him, keeps watchers on their toes; he needs them to investigate the dull spaces he outlines on screen, and he toys with fears, coaxing out anti-scares as he keeps the audience wobbly. He resembles a DJ extending the big drop: you know it's coming, you simply don't know when. Be that as it may, the surprises are at last few, save for just enough gore to push the movie to a barely earned R-rating.
The puppet master here is producer James Wan, the imaginative mind behind the "Conjuring" and "Deceptive" franchises, and in addition one of the originators of the "Saw" film arrangement. "Saw" presented the torture porn subgenre of horror, yet Wan has downsized and made a mint dealing with haunted houses, youngsters and dolls.
Here we're at today, and also for a long time to come: there's another "Insidious" film due out one year from now, and there are a couple of "Conjuring" spinoffs on deck. The slashers, it appears, should keep on waiting for their turn.