A Spoiler-Free Review of 'Annabelle: Creation'

A Spoiler-Free Review of 'Annabelle: Creation'

One of the best films of the year.

Annabelle: Creation, released on August 11, 2017, is the fourth installment of the ever-expanding Conjuring franchise, which focuses on the real cases investigated by paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren. First appearing in 2013's The Conjuring, the flagship film of the series, Annabelle has also appeared in her own spin-off, 2014's Annabelle, which was not as much a critical success as much as it was a commercial one.

Earning a 67% Rotten Tomato score and a "B" rating on CinemaScore, Annabelle: Creation is one of the highest-rated films in the Conjuring franchise. Earning $165 million worldwide, Creation boosted the series past the $1 billion mark, making it only the third horror franchise to cross it, behind the Alien and Resident Evil franchises.

Creation gives more insight into the origins of the doll that is featured so heavily in the franchise. Set in the 1950's, the film follows a group of orphaned girls who have gone on to live with Samuel and Esther Mullins. The longer they stay, the more the girls realize something is not right about the house, and by the time they realize what exactly is going on, it's too late.

I personally feel that it was a great film, it wasn't just the creepy doll, it really made you feel scared to your core. On top of that Benjamin Wallfisch did an amazing job scoring the film, making your heart pound and set you up to be even more scared when the action happened. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good scare. But please do not bring your children to see this film, it is definitely not suitable for children under the age of 15.

Cover Image Credit: Warner Bros.

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Board Games Are More Important Than You Think They Are

They've become a defining part of my family.


Remember when you were a kid and you'd have a family game night? Or your friends would come over and you'd open the game cabinet and play at least three different games together?

Maybe it's just me, but those are some of my best memories from my childhood. My family loves games, board games, and electronic games.

Of course, as I got older, gaming consoles like PlayStation and Wii became more and more popular. That meant that the game cabinet was opened less and less, collecting dust.

Thankfully, I live in New Jersey near the shore and Hurricane Sandy left my family with no power for five days. Sure, it was scary not having power and walking around my neighborhood seeing fallen trees or roof shingles, but we were inland enough to not have had any flood water damage.

No power also meant no PlayStation or Wii games. The gaming cabinet was opened again, this time with vigor. Now, four years later, and I still think about sitting in the dark with a flashlight playing Scrabble with my family.

That was also the week I learned how to play Yahtzee and dominated my dad in every game. My sister constantly was looking for someone to play her to Battleship. We exhausted Rummikub.

The game was already a family favorite, and that's including extended family. Family barbeques had been ending with late night games of Rummikub for at least a year by the time Sandy hit.

We were ready to strategize and crunch numbers, but after day three, we never wanted to a number ever again.

This semester, there's been a surge of board game love again in my family. My sister bought Jenga, which we are currently trying to exhaust ourselves with. My favorite board game also had a comeback: Life.

I loved this game so much that I had the SpongeBob version as a kid. I would play it with my best friend, just the two of us, playing game after game of Bikini Bottom themed Life. Now, I have a car full of "kids" that I've started to make pets in my head. I can handle having five pretend dogs, but not five pretend kids.

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