The first thing to admitted about Annabelle Creation Movie Online is that it’s a whole lot better than original Annabelle, the 2014 chilling thriller which took the famous demon-possessed rag doll from the Conjuring franchise and used her as a conduit for abnormal mayhem.
Viewed set-piece by set-piece, Annabelle Creation Movie Online is a kind movie that’s much more effective at bringing you the sort of goose-bumpy working-over that the creators are aiming for.
The second best thing about this prequel-to-another-prequel is that the main story of Annabelle Creation Movie Online is hand-to-mouth entertaining, and impossibly worth dwelling on but for purposes of mirth. The film starts off with toymaker Sam (Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife Esther (Miranda Otto) blissfully raising their 12-year-old daughter Bee (Samara Lee) in an isolated American Gothic inspired farmhouse. He fixes and patches his dolls; they play hide-and-seek; Bee jumps out of the road to get the dolls and gets her life taken away by a speeding car.
Things start to get weird once we unpick the movie’s timeline. The evil forces we’re expecting to invade their home and horrifyingly deteriorate Esther’s face, ripping her left eye out and making her become an bedridden person. Somehow these pillages are connected together with the especially creepy doll that came fresh off the assembly line when Bee went to the other side. But the best thing they can manage to do to neutralize this evil presence is to lock the doll in an upstairs cupboard, filled entirely the inside of the door with ripped-out pages from the Bible to teach her a lesson.
Then suddenly they come up with a wonderful idea: why not found an orphanage? The nun (Stephanie Sigman) and six young beautiful girls they welcome in must not know anything about these antique terrors. Certainly, they may find out that the lady of the household wears a porcelain mask and never has her left her bed. But they won’t go astray into the prohibited nursery and discover the key to the cupboard of unspeakable adorable hidden in a doll’s house. That’s never going to take place. What an ideal retreat this orphanage could be!
It’s not easy to come up with a decision whether Annabelle Creation Movie Online gains or loses points for this immensely foolish set of developments, but expectedly little damage is done to the business of turning up the horror dial. Once Annabelle’s out of the zone, everything’s fair game – we get amazing, nervously restless scenes with a possessed stair elevator, an evil possessed dumb-waiter, and a petrifying sack-cloth scarecrow back behind the creepy barn. Director David F. Sandberg takes up the one astounding idea from his cynical first project Lights Out (2016) – a recurring fear of the dark – and executes it cooperatively with a horror-expert cinematographer, Maxime Alexandre, who absolutely knows what he’s doing here.
Annabelle Creation 720p Online also successes in hitting some solid emotional beats, with the sweet and adorable friendship between the two main young girls (played by Talitha Bateman and Lulu Wilson), and LaPaglia’s spent agony, granting it a core of empathy that just about to keep you on caring. Annabelle herself is usually an off-screen mistress of ceremonies, simply introducing her list of guests filled with demonic allies – and that scarecrow is her main pal – to bring on their individual devious act.