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OUT 11 Au­gust / CERT 15 / 109 mins di­rec­tor David F. Sand­berg cast Stephanie Sig­man, An­thony La­paglia, Mi­rando Otto, Talitha Bate­man THE LAT­EST EN­TRY in what is fast be­com­ing more scared uni­verse than shared uni­verse,

Annabelle: Cre­ation is a pre­quel to a pre­quel (a prepre­quel?), telling the tale of how creepy de­mon doll Annabelle, first glimpsed in The

Con­jur­ing, came to be. By this point, you’d ex­pect the law of di­min­ish­ing re­turns to have kicked in, but di­rec­tor David F. Sand­berg, com­ing on leaps and bounds from Lights

Out, skil­fully sets up and de­liv­ers plenty of scares. The plot, which sees a group of or­phaned chil­dren go to live with An­thony La­paglia’s mys­te­ri­ous toy­maker and his dis­fig­ured wife (Otto), per­haps has too many char­ac­ters to track, and there’s an over-re­liance on loud noises, but this is a solid and at times sur­pris­ing hor­ror. ch

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