With Common’s Darkish Universe floundering after the failure of The Mummy, the spooky expanded universe to observe is Warner Bros.’ ever-growing network of The Conjuring spin-offs. OG spin-off Annabelle advised the origin story behind the possessed doll within the prologue to James Wan’s 2013 movie; now, its prequel, Annabelle: Creation, tells the origin story behind that origin story, detailing the sequence of selections that led to a bunch of orphaned women dwelling in an remoted farmhouse with a doll that’s hungry for recent, younger souls. As one would possibly anticipate, the association isn’t superb.
Early evaluations of Annabelle: Creation from the Los Angeles Movie Competition describe the film as narratively uneven however overflowing with haunted-house filmmaking methods, which frankly feels like simply the factor for escaping the warmth in an air-conditioned multiplex on a sweltering summer time’s evening. Annabelle: Creation opens on August 11.