Brian Tallerico’s review published on Letterboxd:
Review posts on RE tomorrow but this could be the biggest shock of the year. Intro:
"It used to be a pretty reliable rule of moviedom that sequels to inferior horror films were even more worthless than the original. After all, how do you build on nothing? Last year’s “Ouija: Origin of Evil” was widely considered superior to the dull first film, and 2017 repeats that shocking trick with “Annabelle: Creation,” a vast improvement over the monstrously awful “Annabelle” from 2014. Whereas that film felt like a quickie way to cash-in on the success of “The Conjuring,” David F. Sandberg’s follow-up doesn’t feel focus-grouped to death or spawned purely for profit margins. It has echoes of the original film, and works more with mood and less with cheap scares than either “Annabelle” or “The Conjuring 2,” resulting in a shockingly effective genre flick. It’s not perfect, but it’s damn closer than anyone would have predicted."