For those who remember the first 'Annabelle' movie, you may remember this overall essence of dullness that surrounded it as well. For some it may have had it's moments, but even those particular moments were either too dull or too predictable. Thankfully, at least to some extent, 'Annabelle: Creation' changes things up.
The movie opens in 1943, showing doll maker Samuel Mullens (Anthony LaPaglia) hard at work, creating what was to be the first in a series of dolls. We're given some time to get introduced to his wife, Esther (Miranda Otto) and daughter Annabelle (Samara Lee). Soon enough, however, Annabelle (or "Bee" as her parents liked to call her) is struck by a car after running into the road.
Fast-forward to 12 years later. The Mullins' open their house to the victims of a shut-down orphanage, headed by Sister Charlotte (Stephanie Sigman). The story follows one of the more unique girls, Janice (Talitha Bateman) and her friend Linda (Lulu Wilson) as they play sort of the outcasts of the six orphan girls. When Janice is left alone as the others go exploring the property outside, she explores a bit of the inside that she's not supposed to. She unwillingly finds the Annabelle doll in a place she's not supposed to look, and of course as one can imagine, demonic hijinks ensue.
I typically say that when it comes to horror, there only really seems to be two sub-genres of that remain on top and are therefore overdone. There's your torture porn, which is essentially a new take on the slasher genre but way harder to watch. And there's your supernatural whatnot; be it ghost or demon, something is out to scare the living crap out of whoever is in the house. Things are pretty typical here as well. A lot of it is fairly predictable, you know when the jump scares are coming etc. But this time around there was something different going on in that it gave you some good time with the two lead girls together. When it came to Janice (by the way, Bateman does a great job here, pretty much carrying the movie at just 15 years old.
So the difference between this title and other titles like it, was that I felt more like I cared about what happened to Janice when things got crazy. Then because of that, you end up caring a lot about what happens to Linda as well. It's sad, but for the most part, I'm not able to sympathize with the lead in a supernatural horror movie. Usually because of them doing something stupid, I just wanna see something happen to them. For some reason I didn't feel it here.
In the end, it's one I'd say you have to judge for yourself. You'll either find that something in it to enjoy, or you'll find it to be a very typical horror movie for our time. For me, it's a little of both.