10 Sudden Time Jumps In Horror Movies That Completely Change Everything

9. Annabelle: Creation

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Annabelle: Creation is the surprisingly solid prequel to 2014's rancid Conjuring spin-off Annabelle and primarily takes place in 1955, but offers up quite the meaningful time jump in its very final scene.

The sequence begins in 1955, with a demonically possessed young Janice (Talitha Bateman) calling herself Annabelle before being adopted by a couple, Pete and Sharon Higgins (Brian Howe and Kerry O'Malley). But as the camera pans over to photos of Janice growing into a young woman, a "12 years later" title card suddenly appears, taking us all the way to 1967.

It's no coincidence, of course, that this is the very year that the first Annabelle was set, and with that, the film circles back to the opening sequence from that movie, where an adult Annabelle slaughters her parents, the Higgins, before killing herself.

By looping back around to the first movie, Annabelle: Creation retroactively improves it, while the time jump also cements the crushing tragedy of Janice/Annabelle's life, that she spent 12 years being possessed and never got her life back.


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