6.5/10
96,740
382 user 280 critic

Annabelle: Creation (2017)

Trailer
2:33 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

Twelve years after the tragic death of their little girl, a doll-maker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, where they become the target of the doll-maker's possessed creation, Annabelle.

Director:

David F. Sandberg

Writers:

Gary Dauberman, Gary Dauberman (based on characters created by)
Reviews
Popularity
1,171 ( 61)

'Annabelle: Creation' Cast Presents an Exclusive Clip

From aboard the IMDboat at San Diego Comic-Con the cast of Annabelle: Creation introduce an exclusive clip from the film and talk about the terrors of shooting a horror film.

1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Annabelle I (2014)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.

Director: John R. Leonetti
Stars: Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to North London to help a single mother raising 4 children alone in a house plagued by a supernatural spirit.

Director: James Wan
Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe
The Conjuring (2013)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

Director: James Wan
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

In the form of an old doll a vengeful witches curse from 1692 Salem is released upon a family trapped in a historic English mansion.

Director: Craig Rees
Stars: Liam Clarke, Andrew James Mead, Chris Millward
The Nun (2018)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.

Director: Corin Hardy
Stars: Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.

Director: Gary Dauberman
Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The Lamberts believe that they have defeated the spirits that have haunted their family, but they soon discover that evil is not beaten so easily.

Director: James Wan
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey
Insidious I (2010)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

Director: James Wan
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins
Whispers III (2015)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A young couple grieving the recent death of their daughter move to the countryside where they are haunted by their tragedy and a sinister darkness.

Director: Tammi Sutton
Stars: Barbara Nedeljakova, Craig Rees, Keeley Hazell
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

Director: Leigh Whannell
Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet, as she is drawn back to her ghostly childhood home, where the terror began.

Director: Adam Robitel
Stars: Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

Director: Robert Eggers
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson, Valeriia Karaman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony LaPaglia ... Samuel Mullins
Samara Lee ... Bee
Miranda Otto ... Esther Mullins
Brad Greenquist ... Victor Palmeri
Lulu Wilson ... Linda
Talitha Eliana Bateman ... Janice (as Talitha Bateman)
Stephanie Sigman ... Sister Charlotte
Mark Bramhall ... Father Massey
Grace Fulton ... Carol
Philippa Coulthard ... Nancy
Tayler Buck ... Kate
Lou Lou Safran Lou Lou Safran ... Tierney
Joseph Bishara ... Annabelle Demon
Alicia Vela-Bailey ... Evil Mullins / Demon Hands
Jessie Giacomazzi Jessie Giacomazzi ... Demon Bee (voice)
Edit

Storyline

The manufacturer of dolls Samuel Mullins is a happy family man with his wife Esther and their daughter Bee, who dies after being hit by a car. Twelve years later, Samuel and his wife, Esther, welcomes a nun and six orphaned girls to his home. He tells that only a locked room (that belonged to Bee) and Esther's room would be off limits for the girls. The crippled girl, Janice, manages to sneak in Bee's room during the night and finds a doll locked inside a closet. After she plays in the room, she is haunted by an evil force. What has Janice unleashed in Bee's room? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The next chapter in The Conjuring universe. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and terror. | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Annabelle: Creation See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,006,404, 13 August 2017

Gross USA:

$102,092,201

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$306,515,884
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

David F. Sandberg was initially reluctant to direct the film, due to his general dislike of horror sequels. He changed his mind when it was clear he would be making a standalone prequel, with no major obligations to connect it to the larger franchise beyond a few brief references to the other films. See more »

Goofs

When the girls try to escape in the pickup toward the end of the film, they are shown attempting to start it with a steering column-mounted ignition switch. That type of switch wasn't common until the late 1960's. The 1940's era truck in the film would have the ignition mounted on the dash. See more »

Quotes

Janice: Forgive me, Father, for I am about to sin.
See more »

Crazy Credits

There's a mid-credits scene the Annabelle doll is sitting in a chair and slightly moves her head. See more »

Connections

Follows Annabelle (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

You Are My Sunshine
Written by Jimmie Davis
Performed by Charles McDonald
By arrangement with peermusic
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Too boring, too predictable
2 September 2017 | by Jared_AndrewsSee all my reviews

If you haven't watched the first Annabelle movie and you want to see Annabelle: Creation, don't worry. You can skip the first one, and you definitely should skip it. The movie is a train wreck.

Since this movie is a prequel to the previously released Annabelle movie, the end of Creation (fake spoiler alert because this isn't actually a spoiler because it's super obvious) leads into the other Annabelle movie. So, if when you watch the end of Creation you wonder, "why did the story end that way?" Just Google the opening of the other Annabelle movie and find out. Or don't bother. You'll be fine either way.

Okay, now that that's out of the way, we can begin.

Director David F. Sandberg's greatest skill is his ability to craft compelling stories that lure in audiences, put them on the edge of their seats then scare the crap out of them, all in the span of about two minutes (for proof, check out his YouTube videos).

He doesn't waste anyone's time. He knows the viewers are here for a quality scare, so he doesn't bother with empty moments of unnecessary setup. He leaps right into the scares. I commend him for that approach. Seeing him execute this style numerous times is what makes Annabelle: Creation so disappointing.

The first 20 minutes reveal the difference between this all the other of Sandberg's films—nothing really happens. Sure, there is a crucial plot point and the stage is set. But that all could have taken place in a few measly minutes. I don't know why this movie dragged out multiple stretches, especially the beginning. I was legitimately bored at times; that's a bad sign when watching a horror movie.

In addition to the movie containing too many extended empty stretches, it was also far too predictable. At times, I called sequences shot-by-shot. I'm decent at predicting plots in movies, but I'm no genius clairvoyant, so if I can tell what is about to happen, that's another bad sign.

To be fair, certain moments are frightening. Sandberg adroitly utilizes frames with dim focuses and pitch-black backdrops that cause viewers' eyes to dart between the trembling character and what may be lurking in the shadows. He mixes in a thoughtful blend of jump scares and moments of dread that terrify because of the anticipation of what is about to happen.

If you're not sure what the difference is between the two types of scares, imagine this: you're washing your hands at work and a spider suddenly crawls quickly out of the faucet, causing you to gasp (that's a jump scare). After you frantically splash water toward the spider trying to wash it down the drain, you see that you have spilled water all over your pants, so now you realize that you have to walk down the hallway past your co-workers with what looks like a giant pee stain (that's the anticipation scare. And yes, this one is worse).

I hope Sandberg continues to take a moment in each of his feature films to pay homage to his short films. I won't spoil the specifics on the one he chose for this movie, just know that long-time fans of Sandberg will enjoy the nostalgia.

The bottom line is that this movie will scare you. You will likely also feel bored at times and frustrated with the decision-making of the characters. But hey, that's standard for horror movies. So, if you can put up those drawbacks for an adequate number of quality scares, Annabelle: Creation may suffice just fine for a night-time fright.


12 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 382 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed