Buzz and Woody didn’t seem so bad. Jumanji wasn’t that scary. The old Transformers cartoons were nothing but fun. It turns out, though, not every toy that comes alive is quite so loveable. Sometimes they want you dead.
If you’re masochistic enough to want to ruin everything that felt so sweet about your childhood, this is the movie that’ll do it. Far from a world of rainbows and butterflies, Annabelle: Creation, already dubbed the year’s scariest film, is a horror masterclass from the writer of Stephen King’s It and Aussie filmmaker James Wan, creator of the Saw franchise.
A prequel to 2013’s critically acclaimed The Conjuring, it tells the tale of a couple (Miranda Otto and Anthony LaPaglia) grieving over the recent death of their daughter when they decide to help out some local orphans by offering them shelter inside their creepy home. It’s not too long, however, until the kiddies find themselves tormented and terrorised by a seemingly innocuous doll – a doll, it turns out, possessed by an agitated, evil entity.
Want to know the worst bit? It’s all based on a true story with the real Raggedy Ann doll currently on display in a Connecticut museum.
After seeing this film, that’ll be top of your list for places you’ll never, ever visit.
Annabelle: Creation opens in cinemas today.