I’m going to do the first four series in reverse order now, starting with the sequel and currently the only other Annabelle movie: Annabelle: Creation.
The first movie is a sort-of prequel to the Conjuring, so it only fits that this is a prequel to the first movie! In this movie, we learn about where Annabelle came from. Well, sort of: we learn about the creation of the doll specifically but there’s an older evil there.
This movie did a good job with the acting, first and foremost, a fact I feel compelled to point out because of the number of child actors in this film. Seriously, most of the cast is under 18. But they all do a really good job — including a familiar face or two from the Conjuring/Annabelle universe. The adults are 50-50 on recognizable, but…
This movie is a little creepier than the first movie, to me. Part of that may be the horrible accident the movie starts with: don’t see this if you have a weak heart when it comes to kids.
I hate to cut this review short, but everyone in the house is sick right this minute so… I’ll cut to the report card after saying: this movie is pretty good. It’s not one of my favorite Conjuring/Annabelle movies. But I do enjoy the snot (pun intended) out of this movie.
Running Time: An hour fifty.
Acting: Pretty decent, especially given the number of child actors.
Effects: Sparse but good.
Violence: A bit, but the worst of it isn’t shown in detail.
Gun Use: Not really.
Creepy? Yes, kind of.
Monster Type? A demon doll.
Pacing: Decent, pretty constantly hitting.