Better than the original but it's been done before.
Having not particularly enjoyed the original Annabelle movie, the prequel went with the tried and true formula; the safe option. It's all here - jump scares, creepy old house, demons up to no good and scary kids. But is that enough?
Twelve years after the tragic death of their only child, a doll maker and his wife, turn their house into an orphanage for underprivileged kids. As their new guests arrive and become settled, which include several girls and a nun, they all soon become the target from a demonic force inside the doll maker's creation: Annabelle.
Director David F. Sandberg knows the horror game very well. Having come off the great success of Lights Out last year, he brings his knowledge of scary films gone by and puts it all on display here. That's both good and a bad thing.
Good thing in that you won't be bored, there is plenty to like here. Solid script mixed with decent scares and performances. The bad thing, if it is a bad thing, is it's all been done before. That's what I mean when I say it's a 'safe' option. Annabelle: Creation isn't a bad movie by any means, but it's not a particularly good one either – it's just decent and I guess that's enough to satisfy horror audiences.
And as for the doll itself, the infamous Annabelle. Look, she does what she does best – look creepy!!
Overall, it's a pretty decent outing and a lot more polished and entertaining than the first Annabelle, but for me personally, Creation just lacked originality and it's not something you'll lose sleep over, but still a solid movie.