Annabelle Creation is Terrifying: Well-Executed Horror That Hits All The Right Notes (Review)

Annabelle Creation is Terrifying: Well-Executed Horror That Hits All The Right Notes (Review)

This week my movie is Annabelle: Creation.  There’s been a dearth of horror films lately, particularly good horror films, so I had some high hopes going in.  There were lots of jump scares.  Normally I would say this is a bad thing, horror films that rely on jump scares to get their audience are usually pretty lame.  But this may be the first horror film I’ve seen that used them well.  You knew there were jump scares coming and it was that tension that made things well.  This film used every trick:  footsteps, the dark, point-of-view (where you can see something behind the character but they don’t know it’s there) and most of all my favorite, The Uncanny Valley.   Read more

Annabelle: Creation is a Satisfyingly Scary Entry in the Conjuring Universe (Review)

Annabelle: Creation is a Satisfyingly Scary Entry in the Conjuring Universe (Review)

In recent years, the latest horror franchise to conjure up globs of money from audiences has been the Conjuring Universe (the name Warner Brothers gave this horror franchise). While the first Conjuring movie, The Conjuring, reshaped the modern-day horror genre, its spin-off, Annabelle, was very underwhelming; in fact, I was so bored that I never finished watching it. But last year, the Conjuring Universe returned to its roots with The Conjuring 2, which was a formidable sequel to the original Conjuring. Up until this week, I wasn’t so sure audiences needed another horror franchise to follow due to what we have seen in years past with horror franchises and their lackluster sequels. But before seeing Annabelle: Creation, which is set before anything that happens in the three previous Conjuring movies, I can’t believe I would ever say this: if Warner Brothers and can keep making horror follow-ups as horrifyingly pleasing as Annabelle: Creation, count me in for this Conjuring Universe.  Read more