I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.
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.