“Annabelle: Creation” earns 100 percent rating on reviews website
“Annabelle: Creation,” which has blown away critics and earned a 100 percent rating on reviews website Rotten Tomatoes ahead of its summer release, is the latest example of a genre spanning more than 100 movies.
Chief analyst at film industry number cruncher Boxoffice.com, Shawn Robbins told, “There’s something very primal about absurdist fears, which is something I posit that most of us never completely grow out of.”
“In a twisted way, that just makes it more fun for adults when it comes to these types of movies.”
“Annabelle,” a commercially successful but critically unadmired spin-off, came out in 2014.
Wan is the producer on the much more impressive origin story “Annabelle: Creation,” due out on August 11.
Boxoffice.com says the movie’s impressive latest trailer has increased optimism for a healthy $25-30 million domestic opening weekend.
Robbins told AFP, “It looks like a film that could help out what’s initially been thought of as a very mixed August slate of releases.”
– ‘Extra creepy’ –
Filmed over the summer of 2016 at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, the deliciously bloodcurdling prequel focuses on a dollmaker and his wife, whose daughter died 20 years earlier.
Murder and mayhem ensue as they decide to open their home to several girls from a shuttered orphanage, only to reawaken the doll maker’s possessed creation.
“Annabelle just has such a rich history,” 36-year-old Swedish director David Sandberg told reporters at a preview screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival this week.
“She’s based on a real doll, and James did such a good job setting her up in ‘The Conjuring’ that people just associate her with evil.”
Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Australian actor Anthony LaPaglia, who plays the dollmaker, said he chose not to get to know the movie’s talented young female cast — led by Lulu Wilson, 11, and 15-year-old co-star Talitha Bateman — so that he “could be extra creepy” on set.
He told reporters on the red carpet, “I always like implied violence as opposed to seeing a sword go through someone’s head, and this has a lot of implied violence that is way scarier.”
“For me the best part was going to work and just scaring these kids every day.”