Annabelle: Creation

Annabelle is the creepy porcelain doll with blonde pigtails and rouged cheeks from 2013's The Conjuring

Annabelle is the creepy porcelain doll with blonde pigtails and rouged cheeks from 2013’s The Conjuring.

She has already had her own spin-off movie with the eponymous Annabelle and now she gets an origins tale.

Director David F Sandberg doubles down on the horror by setting the tale in a remote and eerie 1950s rural house that has dodgy electricity, doors that open and shut by themselves and a creaky dumb waiter.

But it’s Annabelle herself you really need to look out for when a nun (Stephanie Sigman) and six orphan girls come to stay in the home of a retired dollmaker (Anthony LaPaglia) and his invalid wife (Miranda Otto), still grieving the loss of their daughter in a car accident 12 years earlier.

The set-up is hardly fresh, but Sandberg keeps us nicely on edge, using shadowy suggestion rather than big jump scares to deliver some artfully sustained shivers.

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