The praising of stories that “take time” comes up a lot in criticism. Typically, the longer a story, the deeper we get to know the characters. We’re supposed to be invested in and stew in escalating drama or tension. The more that logic goes, the more we appreciate when it finally breaks. It’s Annabelle Creation Movie Online.
There is a certain modern fetish of slowness borne out of the same impulse that is certain steel-cut oats taste better and tells us every couple years that we really should write more letters. Slowness equals intelligence, and few genres bear the weight of that assumption more than horror.
Annabelle Creation Movie Online is 109 minutes long. That’s just over ten minutes of the run time of The Exorcist. The dusty old country house where the majority of the movie takes place feels like as much of a real, time-worn place as it does a soon-to-be terror trap. Whereas in Exorcist, director William Friedkin never stopped building a holistic, inescapable sense of dread whether or not someone’s head was twisting around backward, Annabelle Creation Movie Online has countless sequences of foreboding silence offering nothing to really latch on to. It has proved that slower doesn’t always mean better in horror.
Annabelle Creation Movie Online opens with a lovely, only subtly disturbing wordless sequence in which artisan Samuel Mullins (Anthony LaPaglia) assembles the titular doll in his workshop. Shortly afterward, in a few quick strokes we meet his happy family. All of it is lost, when his daughter is hit by a car and dies. Annabelle Creation 720p Online moves fast forward 12 years. The tragic Mullinses decide to overcome their lost and open their doors to a small group of girls from an orphanage. During a tour of the house, the new guests are given strict instructions never to enter a certain bedroom of a certain little dead girl. Of course, kindhearted polio survivor Janice (Talitha Bateman) is overcome by curiosity and goes in anyway, and soon meets the seem-to-be-totally –normal-and-definitely harmless doll living in there.
Throughout Annabelle Creation Movie Online, Sandberg’s most successful scary flourishes is the ones utilizing the uncanny scale of the titular doll. Seeing her rise up, out-of-focus, the behind Janice’s back was one of the better chills as well as a jump scare in a darkened space under some stairs that is just kinetically unexpected enough to knock the wind out of you. The Annabelle Creation cast is mostly anchored by child actors, and the two young leads are both fantastic horror surrogates, especially the plucky Linda (Lulu Wilson) who has a great sequence with a toy bazooka that is both funny and nightmarish.
Once the demons take over, this scare-deaf critic could no longer take any of it seriously. The multiple threads of different girls getting scared in different rooms in the house started to feel rhythmically unfocused. If I was Sandberg, I would definitely speed up Annabelle Creation Movie Online’s pace.