Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Miranda Otto, Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson, Philippa Coulthard, Grace Fulton, Lou Lou Safran, Samara Lee, Taylor Buck
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Supernatural horror sequel directed by David F. Sandberg. Annabelle: Creation (2017) follows the tale of a dollmaker and his wife, Samuel and Esther Mullins (Anthony LaPaglia and Miranda Otto), who several years after the tragic death of their little girl, decide to open their home to a nun, Sister Charlotte (Stephanie Sigman), and several girls from an orphanage that has been closed. Very soon, however, they become the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.
Nancy: [referring to the Mullins house] This is as big as a castle.
Carol: Which obviously makes us the princesses.
Kate: If this is our new orphanage, I think I’m just fine with never being adopted.
Samuel Mullins: [as Janice goes to open the bedroom door] Locked. And it stays that way.
Janice: Forgive me, Father, for I am about to sin.
Janice: [as she sees a little girl by the window] You’re the Mullins daughter, aren’t you? What happened to you?
Annabelle: Will you help me?
Janice: What do you need?
Annabelle: [demonic voice] Your soul!
Janice: You always say that, even though we can’t see God, we can feel His presence. Well, in this house, I feel a different kind of presence.
Sister Charlotte: What kind?
Janice: An evil one.
Janice: It’s coming after me. Coming after my soul.
Sister Charlotte: Your soul?
Janice: Because I’m the weakest.
Sister Charlotte: Listen, the devil preys on those weak in faith, not weak of flesh or bone. You are as strong as any of us, Janice. Stronger.
'Talking about the things that bothers us, sometimes, it's all the help we need.' - Samuel Mullins (Annabelle: Creation) Click To Tweet
Linda: It’s Janice. She’s acting funny.
Samuel Mullins: “Acting funny”?
Linda: She says she’s seen your daughter.
Samuel Mullins: My daughter has been dead for a very, very long time.
Linda: [referring to Janice] She found this doll and…
Samuel Mullins: What doll?
Linda: The one in the white dress.
Samuel Mullins: That’s impossible! That doll was hidden away. She mustn’t go near that doll. Do you understand me?
Linda: This doll, it’s hurting Janice, and it killed Mr. Mullins. I’m getting rid of it!
Sister Charlotte: What is that?
Linda: Who cares? Run!
Esther Mullins: It’s back. I knew it was back.
Sister Charlotte: What is it?
Esther Mullins: Evil. The devil itself.
Esther Mullins: After Samuel and I lost our daughter, we prayed and promised our devotion to whatever power would allow us to speak or see our beloved girl again. It started small, the contact. But it was her, our busy Bee. We knew it was her. She wanted permission to move into the doll so she could be with us forever. We said yes, and that’s when it became stronger. Soon, we could actually see her. Only in fleeting glimpses, but it was enough.
Esther Mullins: We soon realized it wasn’t our Annabelle at all. It was a demonic presence, and it was using our Annabelle to manipulate us into giving it a soul it could inhabit. It tried to take mine, but Samuel reached out to the Church. They saved my soul, but the evil was still attached to that doll. So we locked it away where it could be surrounded by the word of God.
Esther Mullins: It was quiet for all these years. I thought the evil was contained. We thought helping the girls could be our penance. But we ended up giving it just what it wanted.
Janice: [possessed] Time to cease from sin, Carol.
Mr. Higgins: And you must be…
Mrs. Higgins: Annabelle? What a lovely name.
Mr. Higgins: We brought you a present.
Mrs. Higgins: I hope you like dolls.