The New Annabelle: Creation Trailer Offers a Reminder That Orphans Shouldn't Play With Haunted Dolls

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The Conjuring universe will soon be adding a demonic nun and a Crooked Man to its firmament—but first, we’ll be getting more backstory on cinema’s scariest doll since Chucky. A second trailer for Annabelle: Creation dropped today, and it elaborates on the girls-in-peril plot we glimpsed in the first spot.


Directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) and written by Gary Dauberman (who wrote the first Annabelle, which actually takes place after its sequel), Annabelle: Creation stars Anthony LaPaglia and Miranda Otto as grieving parents who make a pair of terrible judgment calls. First, they allow a wandering spirit which they think is their dead daughter but—duh—is actually totally evil to possess you know which creepy toy. Then, they decide their farmhouse (where the doll is stashed in a locked but seriously not-very-secure room) would be the perfect place to host a bunch of Catholic orphans. What could possibly go wrong?

As the new trailer suggests... a hell of a lot. There’s even almost a Ring reference in there.

Annabelle: Creation opens August 11.

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Will the Catholic orphanage™ have The Nun™ in it? The Conjuring Universe indeed.