Living Doll – Annabelle: Creation

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Annabelle we come discover was forged by a toy maker living in a countryside home with his daughter by the name of — you guessed it– Annabelle. There’s your creation. Sealed signed and delivered within the first five minutes of the movie. The doll, is –as it was in the first movie a vessel for an evil spirit in search of a body to which imbibe, but the question remains: what is it that possesses this doll and why the hell is it doll so evil?

The answer comes at the expense of a group of orphans who unexpectedly settle into a home haunted by an evil presence. This home belongs to the doll maker and his wife; they welcome a nun and her homeless five girls into their humble abode as atonement for their sins.

You see, they did something bad —really really bad, bad to which no other amount of badness has ever seen. Whatever possesses this doll, the two of them, The Toymaker and his wife conjured. We know it’s a demon of some sort, however, we know little as to how it was summoned to this realm, and it’s intent is clear; it needs a soul and any soul belonging to one of those little orphan girls will do.

To Room or Not To Room

Now let’s talk about those orphan girls and how to really get yourself killed. As proper etiquette, one doesn’t bite the hand that feeds you and in this metaphor the hand is of the Toy Makers limbs and the food you do not eat is the door he told you to never open. First of all, it’s locked; second, he instructed you especially not to open that door.

If someone tells you to not open a door and they speak those words rather convincingly, why would you– after waking up to a noise in the middle of the night — go investigate said noise inside the bedroom you were told is always lock but you now find open.

Matty P says he would’ve went inside the room. I say buullllshit. The guy told me not to go inside the room with the locked door and I— in the middle of the night— find that door unlocked and hear some creepy voice beckoning me to enter said unoccupied locked room.

I’m not going in that room.

Sorry, and in the words of Bill Paxton, ‘Game over, man. Game over.’

Annabelle’s Fright Factor

Annabelle was only a device of anticipated fear within the movie. Whenever she… it appeared on scene there was added amount tension; her presence made scenes where nothing else was going on more frightful. Annabelle is a tool for the spirit to reside until it has a body which will strengthen it’s ability to enact horror upon whomever it wants.

Unlike the first film, Annabelle was not the focus of the terror. The terror in Creation was in the darkness of the house, the sullenness of the toy maker, the seen but not heard woman of the house, and the expected horror that is to come when this demon finds what it looking for and goes after her tooth and nail.

James Wan: Bringing’ Horror Back

James Wan is touted as the writer/ director/ producer who is finally bringing horror back to the horror movie genre. With films, like, The Conjuring Movies; Ouija, Annabelle and Light Outs, Wan has marked a territory within the film industry tainted by a lack of original storytelling and — needless to say— scare factor.

Both Ouija and Annabelle are better sequels than their initial box office debuts. This type of jump scare, loud bang horror is not new to audiences; but the stories are better. Better storytelling engrosses audiences and disarms their anticipation to be scared. The fright strikes when you’re at your most vulnerable and that is what I enjoyed watching Annabelle: Creation. I knew what was coming, before it came; however, it was a matter of when it occurred that really raised the skin bumps on my arms. I will admit, I was frightened there at times, dolls and creepy children freak me out. Whatever, I am a wimp. James Wan and crew would benefit from pushing the envelope a bit further into the horror movie genre slot with more fright and less suspenseful foreplay.


Many cultures have different types of dolls… dolls that were never intended to be used as play things. — Angela Sangster,