This weeks film talk is turning to a subject I love! Horror. I have been eagerly anticipating Annabelle Creation for over a year and I finally saw it last weekend and was not disappointed. Let’s get stuck in…
Annabelle: Creation is the origin story to Annabelle. How the evil doll within The Conjuring universe became ,well, evil. The story follows a husband (Anthony LaPaglia) and wife (Miranda Otto) who allow a group of orphans into their home who then begin getting terrorized by a doll possessed by a demon pretending to be their daughter (Samara Lee) who passed away twelve years earlier.
The Conjuring Universe
For those of you who don’t know, the universe Annabelle resides in is the universe created by the horror master James Wan. The Conjuring follows a paranormal case that Ed and Lorraine Warren worked on and introduced the idea of Annabelle right from the start. With the success of The Conjuring and the idea of Annabelle planted firmly in the audiences minds, the movie Annabelle was made.
The Conjuring and Annabelle has gone from strength to strength which is so rare not only in horror movies but in any movie franchise. Every sequel seems to get better and better and more and more scarier. The creators have created a universe that people not only love but also fear. I absolutely love that a horror franchise has reached such a wide audience because its something that just doesn’t happen very often anymore.
Personally I preferred Annabelle: Creation to the original Annabelle. I found it creepier and far more captivating. The story was engaging and there are more scares, jumps, frights and far more scenes involving Annabelle.
I think one of the big reasons The Conjuring movies are so good and so well loved is the filming techniques. The techniques used help create a suspenseful, tense atmosphere that has you sitting on the edge of your seat until the very end. The films rely on drawn out, tense moments to create suspense and perfect use of camera angles to capture either the actors expressions or the moments and scary things happening behind them. The deliberately slow camera pans around a room when you know something scary could pop up at any moment is an especially effective suspense-grabbing camera technique that is used a lot in Annabelle: Creation. Very effective indeed.
I really love how we never actually see Annabelle move on camera. Her head may have turned to the side or the chair shes in may rock or she may be in a different place than she was in the previous scene. This is also very effective. I think if they had her walking and talking, the movie would lose some of its atmospheric quality (if that makes sense). It would become more comical than scary to put it another way.
The one thing that bugs me about The Conjuring movies and the Annabelle movies is all the possession and exorcisms. Exorcisms in movies don’t scare me they just annoy me. I feel its more comical than scary and it has been way over done. Although Annabelle: Creation does have possession in it, there is no exorcism which was good. I found it far more scary without one.
I’m also not normally one for demons in movies (again a bit over down and a bit comical) but Annabelle: Creation uses the idea of ‘demons’ very well so it didn’t bother me like it normally does.
The music – or lack of – is always well used in The Conjuring universe. In my opinion, music makes or breaks a scene and all The Conjuring and Annabelle movies uses music or sound effects to their full potential in every scene to really set the tone and create a tense atmosphere. There’s also a particular piece of music – a music box type music – that is used in The Conjuring universe that helps tie all the movies together.
You may have noticed that I have been referring to The Conjuring universe a lot in this film talk rather than just Annabelle: Creation but honestly its so hard not too. The movies are all so intertwined and so well thought out in their connections to each story that you really do have to see them all to really appreciate how good they are. You can of course just watch this movie and still enjoy it but I do suggest watching them all. (The ending is mind blowing if you have seen Annabelle!)
What are your thoughts on Annabelle: Creation? Did you enjoy it? Did you find it lived up to expectation? Do you like The Conjuring universe? Let’s start a conversion in the comments!