The trailer for Annabelle 2: Creation, the next chapter in what is now being called “The Conjuring Universe” premiered this weekend. And to say that it was a little underwhelming would be an understatement.
Watching the trailer, I’m undecided whether this movie is going to be good or not, especially after the first Annabelle film – which was just okay; there were parts of that movie that were well done, and scary, but as a whole the film came off slow and boring.
While watching the trailer, I couldn’t help but wonder what was going on? Is this new movie ignoring the events laid out in the first Annabelle movie – a kind of reimagining? It sure looks that way. In the first film, the Annabelle doll is possessed by a demon. Now it seems the doll it is once again being possessed by another demon, claiming to be the daughter of two parents who run a school for children, around the time the doll was created.
Head scratching at the moment trying to figure out the continuity of this film.
Annabelle 2 is directed by David F. Sandberg the director of Lights Out – a movie that started as a short and became an internet sensation and then turned into a feature length movie, produced by James Wan. Lights Out, like Annabelle, had its moments of creepiness but overall was forgettable as there wasn’t enough substance there to make it stand out, other than its titular character.
I fear the same thing is happening with the Annabelle films.
But the bigger thing here about the Annabelle films is this: what made Annabelle in The Conjuring so scary was that we didn’t know anything about the dolls past. It is not knowing the history of the doll that makes it creepy. Stripping the mystery away robs us, the viewers, of something that remains creepy in our minds.
Do we really need or want another Annabelle movie? Is expanding the backstory of the doll the right way to go, or is this just another way to capitalize on a franchise and milk it to death?
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