Stephen King‘s horror universe is ripe for being turned into a cinematic powerhouse. When the movie IT has a label of ‘Chapter Two,’ it sets up the possibility of new original tales can be told.
Since The Conjuring can do it with its spinoffs, so can IT! James Wan‘s restrictive franchise of angry ghosts / demons terrorizing humans can only go so far as where the Paranormal Activity films went. To deliver all the backstory requires a collective to oversee production of recent releases—namely IT, Pet Semetary and Dark Tower—and having an original story arc to bring it all together for some massive confrontation. The teases offered in how the Native Indians dealt with the occult world has me interested and they can be the saviours. Two of these three films involve them and until Universal gets their monster-verse going, there is a gap to fill.
The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle Comes Home has the feel of a been there, done that before vibe. It also marks Gary Dauberman, writer of the franchise, directorial debut. While he can nicely up some creepy set pieces, the notion of knowing how to scare the socks off of people needs a lesson by living at Chillingham Castle for a month.
When the doll briefly seen in the main series gets a spinoff to explain her origins and we all know it’s possessed by a demonic entity, Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) have their work cut out for them. Sadly, that means tracking this porcelain work down and convincing the latest owners it’s best to let them have it so they can protect humanity from it. Wait a minute, isn’t that what Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures fame want to do too?
Hollywood loves their origin movies. No franchise can be considered complete unless the first film sets up everything required for later films to follow. I consider some works refreshing when that story is told later. When Annabelle: Creation is part of the Conjuring universe, to understand the terror requires waiting for all the pieces to come together. The Warrens (a paranormal investigative couple) were never vital even though they are the heroes of sorts in the core films. Paranormal enthusiasts like me want to know more about the mysterious demon nun bothering the Warrens and the entity said to live in the doll.
This movie remotely references one fact, if the claims by Ed and Lorraine Warren is to be believed. The porcelain figure is inhabited by the soul of Annabelle Higgins. Just why she is malicious might be because this girl is troubled. When you’re trapped for eternity in an object, perhaps as a result of a binding spell (accidental or not) and you are not allowed to move into the light, I would be fairly pissed off too.