12 years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, where they soon become the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

anabellecreationbluStudio: Warner Home Video
Year: 2017
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Run time: 109 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50 / 1 DVD
Region: A

A good horror movie makes your heart leap out of your chest while simultaneously tugging at your heartstrings. And we’re happy to report that ‘Annabelle: Creation’, the fourth installment in The Conjuring franchise, is emotionally potent and downright scary.

In pre-Barbie America, doll maker Samuel Mullins (LaPaglia) lives on a ranch with wife Esther (Otto) and daughter Bee (Lee). The Mullins’s happiness is short-lived; they’re desolated by Bee’s sudden death. Twelve years pass, and Samuel decides to turn his empty home into an orphanage for six girls. Even before the girls can settle in and play house, the house starts throwing new horrors at them every night. Best friends Janice (Bateman) and Linda (Wilson) become the first victims of Samuel’s strange-looking locked-away doll, Annabelle.

The Conjuring movie universe grows inward and outward with prequels and sequels, each one delivering a terrifying new nightmare. The makers stick to old-school tactics of haunted houses, little-girl ghosts and jump-scares, but deliver coherent and effective movies.

Director David F. Sandberg, a master of anticipatory horror (you must see Lights Out), builds a tense atmosphere even while working with a banal plot. The formula is so plain that you’d think you know the movie, but Sandberg infuses jumps and starts so creatively that it becomes a dangerous game of peek-a-boo. With a huge house and six girls in the forefront, there’s an unmissable ‘The Conjuring’ vibe; a great reference to the previous (and undoubtedly inferior) Annabelle movie connects the universes perfectly. There are several sub-plots worthy of a spin-off.

Movie Content: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. If you were a fan of the atmosphere of ‘The Conjuring’ universe freaky and fitting the time era of the 60’s-70’s, then you will enjoy ‘Annabelle: Creation’ as it goes back several years in time before the events of ‘Annabelle’. The dark nature of this film really stands out providing a very good looking image in high definition. Black levels are deep and inky with excellent shadow details prevailing throughout. There are several scenes where you can really see some excellent shadowing. Colors are strong but purposely also carry a dull look to fit with the time period and the atmosphere of the film. Fleshtones also have excellent details with proper lighting that gives faces a more natural look.
Print Quality: 9.5/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. The soundfield is utterly amazing in this film as the rears take full blown advantage of every creepy sound effect taking place throughout the film. It was creepy enough just hearing Annabelle making her way through the house. I felt like the atmosphere works well with the high def audio presenting a presentation where the jumps and scares are that much more. Any sound that you can think of in ‘Annabelle’ comes through so vibrant and loud that there were a few times I thought my house was going to blow away. Fidelity is fantastic, presenting dialogue, effects and score cleanly, clearly and extremely well prioritized. The dialogue mix is also well balanced with the soundfield which I am happy to report.
Audio Quality: 10/10

Special Features

  • The Horror Continues
  • Horror Shorts: Attic Panic and Coffer
  • Director’s Commentary
  • Directing Annabelle
  • Deleted Scenes Featurette

Special Features: 6/10

The Final Word

The movie sets out to give us a prequel to the first Annabelle movie, and does so brilliantly. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I highly recommend watching this movie, and preferably alone to get the full horror experience.
Overall Rating: 9/10