Annabelle: Creation

Annabelle: Creation is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by David F. Sandberg and written by Gary Dauberman. It is a prequel to 2014’s Annabelle and the fourth installment in The Conjuring series. The film stars Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Anthony LaPaglia, and Miranda Otto, and depicts the possessed Annabelle doll’s origin.

We get to see the origin of Annabelle (why do they have to do prequels? Why not tell the story properly). Porcelain doll maker Samuel Mullins & his wife Esther lose their daughter Beee (Annabell) to a car accident back in the 1943. Later what they think is their daughter’s spirit contacts them and the mourning couple are happy to┬átransfer its essence into one of Samuel’s crafted porcelain dolls. Even though they only get glipses of their daughter from time to time it seems to be enough for the couple until they realize that it is infact a demon that has possessed the doll and it gouges out one eye and part of Esther’s cheek. The Mullins have the doll locked in a closet in a room and have priests paste pages from the bible on the door and the wall in order to prevent the demon from escaping.

12 years pass and the stupid couple then allow Sister Charlotte and six girls left homeless by the closing of their orphanage into their home offering them a temporary residence. Samuel forbids the girls to enter the locked bedroom which was Bee’s but that night Janice, who was crippled by polio, enters the room which she finds is mysteriously open. She finds a key for Bee’s closet and unlocks it, unwittingly releasing the demon, who begins to terrorize the girls, displaying a special interest in Janice. A night later Janice is picked up and thrown down to the ground floor, injuring her more. The next day while taken out on her wheelchair by Charlotte and left alone for just a minute she is dragged to a shed by the demon where in Bee’s form the demon possess her. Janice’s screams are heard by the others but she tells them she got frightened because she couldn’t open the door.

Only her best friend Linda notices the change in Janice. She admits to Samuel that Janice had snuck into Bee’s room and found the doll two nights earlier. Charlotte talks to Esther who tells them about the demon and the doll and that night the demon viciously kills the Mullins before turning it’s attention to the girls. The girls are chased to the shed and back and a possessed Janice pursues Linda. Eventually Charlotte, who was attacked earlier, is able to lock Janice in the same closet along with the doll. The cops are called but they find only the doll there as Janice through a hole in the closet wall and relocates to an orphanage in┬áSanta Monica. She now goes by the name “Annabelle” and is adopted by the Higgins family. We then see “Annabelle” grow up and kill her parents ┬áher adoptive parents in their bedroom, which catches the attention of their next door neighbors, the Forms, setting off the events of the first Annabelle┬áfilm.

I must say that the casting is top notch with a serious Anthony LaPaglia almost unrecognizable from his earlier comedic roles and the girls did fantastic jobs. The movie though was a bit boring, even during the chase scenes and I was napping. You only get to see the monster in small glimpses. It’s better than the original but I was more excited for the pizza dinner I was going to afterwards. I would give it a 7 outta 10!

Food Review #182

Burger King’s Mutton Whopper – Mutton patties are the best option in Burger King as we don’t have beef in national/international restaurant chains. A juicy and peppery 100%* mutton, flame-grilled patty is made even better with tangy pickles. Combined with fresh tomatoes, lettuce and onions with mayonnaise and ketchup, in a 5-inch freshly toasted sesame seed bun.

Stoke City 1 Arsenal 0

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger complained his side were denied a goal and a penalty as Jese Rodriguez enjoyed a dream start to his Stoke City career by scoring the winner against the Gunners. Former Real Madrid winger Jese, who was thrust straight into Mark Hughes’ side after arriving from Paris St-Germain on Wednesday, slid in from a tight angle after being left unmarked to pick up Saido Berahino’s pass. The Spaniard’s strike came just 90 seconds into the second half, after an opening 45 minutes the visitors had dominated. Wenger felt his team should have been given a first-half penalty when Hector Bellerin fell under a clumsy challenge by Mame Biram Diouf.

And Arsenal thought they had equalised when Alexandre Lacazette rifled in, only for the France striker to be ruled offside by a tiny margin. “We know we don’t get penalties,” said Wenger. “Look at the numbers and you will see. “We had last year the highest number of penalties against us at home by a mile and the lowest number for us. So I give you just the numbers. I don’t say anything else.” Wenger’s side were awarded six penalties last season, a tally bettered by only five other Premier League sides. Four of those were given at Emirates Stadium, only Tottenham (seven) and Bournemouth (five) won more at home. The Gunners conceded 10 penalties in their 38 games – the second highest tally after relegated Hull City (13). Five were given against Arsenal at the Emirates, while Hull had six awarded against them at home.

On Lacazette’s disallowed strike, the Frenchman added: “I believe we scored a regular goal that was not offside. It is an easy decision. Even his foot was not offside.” The Gunners continued to press in the closing stages at the Bet365 Stadium but Stoke, who had only 23% possession, remained resolute to earn their first win of the Premier League season. Stoke has long been considered a place where Arsenal’s soft underbelly gets exposed against a physical home side – and so it proved again. Arsenal won for the first time in seven trips to the Potteries when they cruised to a 4-1 victory at the end of last season, leading Arsene Wenger to confidently predict his team could cope with the challenge posed by the home side. But, as has been an all too familiar sight for Gunners fans, they lacked steel and aggression in key areas of the pitch.

This was illustrated in the build-up to Stoke’s winner. A sloppy pass from Granit Xhaka towards a flat-footed Mesut Ozil gave the ball back to Stoke, with neither player working hard enough to retrieve the ball as Jese broke forward. In truth, Arsenal could have already been well in command after a dominant first-half performance in which they had over 70% possession. Still without the injured Alexis Sanchez, the visitors forced Potters keeper Jack Butland into a string of a splendid saves, particularly from angled drives by Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck, while Arsenal’s players felt they should have been given a penalty when Bellerin burst into the penalty area. The Gunners boss threw on substitutes Oliver Giroud – who rescued them in their opening win against Leicester – Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi in the final stages, but the forwards could not mask their team’s defensive deficiencies for the second game running.