Release Date: 11 August
“Nothing can prepare you for the next chapter in The Conjuring universe!” claims the trailer, which is a bit rich considering that this is a sequel to a spin-off dubbed “Rosemary’s Barbie” by one critic.
Annabelle: Creation is produced by James Wan, and the pictures he produces but doesn’t direct (Insidious: Chapter 3, Lights Out etc) certainly aren’t going to win any prizes for their skull cracking originality. They are profitable, though (the first Annabelle took $256 million worldwide on a $6.5 million budget) so Wan and his creative team have taken an “if it ain’t broke” attitude to this latest instalment.
The script is by Gary Dauberman (who also penned the original), while the director is David F Sandberg (Lights Out), so if you like your horror safe and generic you know where to go.