Swanner: Samuel Mullins (Anthony LaPaglia) is a doll-maker who lives in the country with his wife and daughter. After the tragic death of their daughter, the couple close themselves off from the outside world. Now, 12 years later, the couple have opened up their home to a group of orphans and a nun in need of a home. Before too long Janice (Talitha Bateman), the young girl suffering from polio, finds herself the target of the doll-maker’s possessed doll. Based on a character introduced in “The Conjuring”, “Annabelle: Creation” gives us the origin story of this haunted doll.
Producer James Wan has literally changed the scary movie scene. Instead of the killer with the butcher knife or a chainsaw, Wan frightens us with shadows and unexplained noises. Granted, Wan’s first films were the Saw movies, but after that he started making what would be his real scary movies like “Insidious” and “The Conjuring”. Now a huge franchise, Wan has brought in new directors and writers to continue what he started. Director David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) and screenwriter Gary Dauberman (IT) follow the winning formula of quietly telling the story with a talented cast so that our imaginations can run with it.
This is a really good film but it’s also a well made film. I know the horror genre is rarely taken seriously. The script and direction only work because all the elements are working together. The cinematography, production design, editing, and sound are right on. The film is rated R which has me perplexed because the film isn’t that bloody and has no sex or bad language. That means the film is so scary that younger folks might not be able to handle it. Personally, I’m not sure some of us older folks can handle it either. That being said, this is my kind of a scary movie. I’ll take the bump in the night over a guy with a machete any day.
Swanner: 3 1/2 stars