Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.
Preston Barta // Features Editor
The doll from that other great horror movie, THE CONJURING, returns once again. But this time, the filmmakers deliver something worthwhile and good.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD releases of David F. Sandberg’s ANNABELLE: CREATION. It will arrive on disc on October 24, and you can own it digitally four days sooner on Oct. 20.
In ANNABELLE: CREATION, several years after the tragic death of their young daughter, a doll maker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shut-down orphanage into their home. They soon become the target of the doll maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.
A sample from Jared McMillan’s theatrical review:
“David F. Sandberg, who directed last year’s breakout hit LIGHTS OUT (along with other great short films you can find on YouTube), has done well to honor the rules that James Wan set with the Conjuring movies. Sandberg however is better at manipulating the environment and camera, zigging when you think it’s going to zag. Horror fans will be able to see a couple of his calling cards here and there from his previous shorts. More importantly, he recognizes that Annabelle the doll is merely a MacGuffin, not the actual villain. Because of this misdirection, the sight of the doll starts the anticipation of malevolence, rather than being the scare.
The movie carves its own path, while sticking to the boundaries painted by the previous films, and ends on the exact note to bridge to its predecessor. The audience that’s easily scared will have a great time, and the horror junkies will appreciate all of the little tricks to initiate the scared.” [Read full review here.]
Blu-ray and DVD elements:
ANNABELLE: CREATION Blu-ray Combo Pack contain the following special features:
· The Horror Continues
· Horror Shorts: Attic Panic and Coffer
· Director’s Commentary
· Directing Annabelle
· Deleted Scenes Featurette
ANNABELLE: CREATION Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
· Deleted Scenes Featurette
Watch the official trailer below, and pre-order your copy today.