Annabelle: Creation

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
Annabelle: Creation Movie Poster Image
Gory scenes, lots of scares in skillfully made sequel.
  • R
  • 2017
  • 109 minutes
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Parents say

age 15+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 30 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Main message seems to be "don't go into locked rooms when you've been warned not to." Also briefly addresses the old "be careful what you wish for" adage.

Positive Role Models & Representations

For the most part, the characters try to be good to each other, though there are plenty of instances in which some are mean or break the rules.

Violence

Lots of scary stuff. Bloody/gory corpses. Gory wounds and injuries. A young girl is hit by a car. Characters are violently slammed against the wall or dropped on the floor. A young girl brandishes a knife. Toy gun.

Sex
Language

A use of "damn." Also "hell," in a faith-based context. "Oh my God" as an exclamation.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Annabelle: Creation is a horror movie that's part of the Conjuring franchise. It takes place before the events of Annabelle and The Conjuring. Expect lots of scary stuff, including a creepy doll, demons, ghosts, scary sounds, and objects and people suddenly moving. Characters die, and there are gory wounds and/or bodily injuries: A woman's body is torn in half, and she's hung on a wall. A little girl is hit by a car. Language is very minor, with a use of "damn," as well as faith-based uses of "Jesus," "Jesus Christ," and "hell." Sex and substance use aren't issues. Overall, this sequel seems slightly milder than its predecessors, though it's still plenty scary, and horror hounds who flocked to the other three movies in the series will most certainly want to see it.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byM&M1995 August 15, 2017

Very good movie that gives "Insidious" vibes, but warning: requires nerves of steel!

I generally like horror movies yet try to steer clear of the lame ones. This one did not disappoint, minus the lackluster character development of the Mullins.... Continue reading
Adult Written byPinkarray August 11, 2017

Interesting movie but...

I think that it was a bit too much for me. There is a bit of drama, some gory and disturbing images, and I wish it could've gone a different direction inst... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byAJ905 August 10, 2017

Defitinately an improvement over the first!

This movie blew me away because I freaking HATED the first one! At first I thought it was going to be another Bye Bye Man or Wish Upon. But no! It is a creepy,... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLaxplayer August 13, 2017

Cheesy horror movie

I came to this movie with high hopes, but the truth is this movie is forgettable. I love scary movies but this was just plain predictable. Don’t go to this movi... Continue reading

What's the story?

In ANNABELLE: CREATION, toymaker Samuel Mullins (Anthony LaPaglia) lovingly creates the spooky doll that will later go on to cause trouble in Annabelle and The Conjuring. Just when things seem to be going well, Samuel and his wife, Esther (Miranda Otto), lose their young daughter, Bee, in an accident. A dozen years later, Samuel decides to open his home to a group of orphaned girls, including Janice (Talitha Bateman), who suffers from polio, and her best friend, Linda (Lulu Wilson). Janice is immediately fascinated by a forbidden room and enters. Something draws her toward a door, and she opens it, finding the doll. From that moment on, terrifying things start happening in the house, from scary noises to things moving around by themselves. But when the threat grows worse, it's time to get out.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Annabelle: Creation's violence. How much is shown, and how much is implied through sound and editing? Which impacts you more? Why do you think that is?

  • Is the movie scary? What's scary about creepy dolls? Can you think of other categories of scary things that horror movies tend to use?

  • How does this movie compare to the others in the Conjuring series? How does the story connect?

  • What does the phrase "be careful what you wish for" mean? How is it addressed here?

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