Annabelle: Creation makes for a solid Conjuring prequel, with scares and thrills that make up for any noticeable shortcomings in the script.

Loving parents Samuel (Anthony LaPagila) and Esther Mullins (Miranda Otto) suffer an unbearable tragedy when their young daughter Bee (Samara Lee) is killed in an accident. Twelve years later, the two make an arrangement with Sister Charlotte (Stephanie Sigman) to allow girls from a shuttered orphanage to stay at their house as they wait to be adopted. Upon arriving at the Mullins’ home, the girls – including best friends Janice (Talitha Bateman) and Linda (Lulu Wilson) – become infatuated with the place, eager to take advantage of its many luxuries.

On the same floor as the girls’ bedrooms is a locked off room that everyone is ...

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