Parents' Guide to

Annabelle: Creation

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Gory scenes, lots of scares in skillfully made sequel.

Movie R 2017 109 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 14+

Bloody horror movie, but still well crafted.

It’s a great movie, but also terrifying. It’s about Mr. and Ms. Mullins who welcome (several orphans) a nun and several girls at their house. A young girl called Janice, opens a closet (that she’s told not to) and finds this doll. Only, she doesn’t know how threatening this doll can be. The movie is not too violent but it’s bloody. So if your teenager feels uncomfortable watching blood, this is not a good choice. Also expect a demon, which is shown in several scenes, but these scenes are brief.
age 13+

Very surprising prequel to conjuring spinoff

Its Pretty Bloody as a few moments and it is creepy as all get out but its a really good movie that's very entertaining

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (79 ):

Director David F. Sandberg takes on this fourth film in the Conjuring franchise, and although it offers little that's new, it's so skillful and spirited that it works. Sandberg (who also helmed the clever Lights Out) proves that tried-and-true tricks and scares continue to be effective if they're performed with artistry and enthusiasm. It helps that spooky dolls are, like spooky clowns, a sort of horror mainstay; they'll always be scary. Sandberg sets up shop in a remote farmhouse, filled with dark rooms, a dumbwaiter, a stairway lift, doll parts, and a creepy barn guarded by an old scarecrow. He smoothly glides his camera through it all like a nightmare that's happening in front of us.

Annabelle: Creation does use plenty of familiar gimmicks, such as the thing that scuttles toward the camera, the thing that turns suddenly toward the camera, and the thing that's yanked away into darkness. Many of the scares are jump-shocks, but the amazing sound design also helps build a bracing sense of dreadful suspense. The characters don't always do the smartest thing at the right time, but, for the most part, they are forgiven; they can't have seen very many horror movies and so be expected to know what to do.

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