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 (chronologically, the second) 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.

Twelve years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

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Anthony LaPaglia and Miranda Otto

Cast…

Stephanie Sigman as Sister Charlotte
Talitha Bateman as Janice
Lulu Wilson as Linda
Anthony LaPaglia as Samuel Mullins
Miranda Otto as Esther Mullins
Alicia Vela-Bailey as Evil Esther Mullins
Grace Fulton as Carol
Philippa Coulthard as Nancy
Samara Lee as Annabelle “Bee” Mullins
Tayler Buck as Kate
Lou Lou Safran as Tierney
Mark Bramhall as Father Massey
Adam Bartley as Officer Fuller
Lotta Losten as the adoption agent
Joseph Bishara as Annabelle Demon
Brian Howe as Pete Higgins
Kerry O’Malley as Sharon Higgins
Tree O’Toole as adult Janice / Annabelle Higgins
Annabelle Wallis as Mia Form (cameo)
Ward Horton as John Form (cameo)
Bonnie Aarons as Demon Nun (cameo)

Filming…

Principal photography began on June 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, at the Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank lot, and concluded on August 15, 2016. Sandberg decided to use Steadicam and tracking shots, because of the film’s period setting, and he wanted to maintain the “old school” feel of the first two Conjuring films. According to Sandberg, he does not believe in ghosts or demonic entities, saying “I haven’t experienced anything in life that would lead me to believe they exist”. Sandberg reported that actress Stephanie Sigman, who played Sister Charlotte, was “a little bit freaked out by that doll” and, after hearing that a priest had blessed the set of The Conjuring 2, requested the same ritual be performed for this film.