This prequel to 2014’s Annabelle, itself a prequel to the highly acclaimed horror thriller The Conjuring, focuses on how the spooky life-sized doll turned demon conduit first came to be. Our story focuses on a California couple in the 1940s that, 12 years after their own daughter was killed in a freak accident, opens their farmhouse to a group of orphan girls – with spookily disastrous results.
Director David Sandberg, who thrilled with last year’s Lights Out, again delivers the goods, with likable main characters, a horrifying demon, and loads of creepy moments and shout out loud scares. The only weakness – a finale that, in its quest for nonstop screams, goes a bit off the rails before clunkily dovetailing to the next chapter in Annabelle saga.
Still, a masterfully done horror flick. A-