Christopher Bishop - Contributing Reviewer
Annabelle: Creation is a frightening reminder why my daughter’s doll collection needs to be destroyed.
The story tells the tale of how one catastrophic accident brings on a chain of events that simply terrorizes Mr. and Mrs. Mullins and the handful of young orphan girls they open their home to. The movie jumped out with a huge “OMG” moment in the beginning of the film, but then takes a slow and steady approach to frighten it’s viewers the rest of the journey. Annabelle kept me on the edge of my seat but never pushed me off. On occasion some of the scary scenes could be seen coming a mile away, on the other hand some scenes were classic fright fest staples.
Annabelle: Creation has great visual elements that produced a great, suspenseful thriller flick. The opening scene sets the tone with a room full of creepy doll parts hanging from the ceiling. The old farmhouse was a perfect place to turn into a huge, dark and creepy setting with plenty of locked doors and hiding places for bad things to happen. From the handmade vintage dolls to the possessed scarecrow, the crew did a very good job at keeping the sights and sounds of this movie dark and ominous. It brought me back to my extended trips to my grandparents and begging my mom and dad not to leave me there.
The cast was marginal with the surprise of the youngsters offering the strongest performances. I was left wanting more from the main Father figure, Mr. Mullins who was played by Anthony LaPaglia. Miranda Otto as Mrs. Mullins was a tad better with the whole “Phantom of the Opera” look going for her Talitha Bateman who took on the role of Janice was the young lady that really kept this movie together for me. She had me strung along waiting to see what turn her fate would take.
Overall I thought the movie was a decent attempt to bring me 109 minutes of high blood pressure. I left wanting a little more scare in my diet, but with the addition of watching it in the new MX4D room made it a thrilling experience.
Annabelle: Creation, directed by David F. Sandberg and starring Miranda Otto, Anthony LaPaglia, Talitha Bateman, and Lulu Wilson, opens nationally on August 11. Rated R for horror, violence, and terror.
- B & B Theater Shawnee 18
If you want a night out this is the place to go! If you have been to Shawnee 18 in the past it is time to take another trip. They have totally revamped the theater and once you step through the doors it shows. They have several new experiences for all to be a part of.
“MX4D” Featuring the first 4D cinema experience in the Midwest. This is truly making viewers “feel” the movie. You join in the movie with state of the art seats that move and shake and even spray you to give you an experience that you will never forget. The special seating features rumblers, back pokers, water blasts, leg and neck ticklers, wind, snow, bubbles, fog and movement that is all incorporated into the movie to provide you with the feeling that you are living the movie.
“Grand Screen” is what they call their enormous mother of all auditoriums. It features over 200 of the most comfortable recliners with state of the art dtsX sound immersion with speakers running down the length of the ceiling and walls. The screen is huge and there is not a bad seat in the place.
“Screen Play” caters to the children with an amazing experience. Bring the small children in twenty minutes before showtime and let them have a blast with a kid friendly playground and full size climbing tower with a huge slide. The auditorium is full of color and the kids will be in heaven. The movies also features an intermission so the children get a little more time to run around and let out some energy before the second half of their movie.
Shawnee 18 also provides options for a hungry or thirsty viewer. The traditional popcorn and candy refreshment stand is accompanied by a wonderful grill and bar where you can get fresh made entrees and wash it down with an adult beverage. They have lots of options so all needs will be met. The theater is also in the process of bringing live theater to their location. Where they will have live actors that will astound you with their live performances in all the comfort that is B & B Shawnee.
I will be returning to Shawnee 18 and I am looking forward to experiencing “Justice League” in the ultimate MX4D auditorium! I can not wait until I have to wipe the water away from my face when Aqua Man splashes me while I am sitting in the seat!