Annabelle became iconic even before she had her own franchise; after stealing the show with a bit part in 2012’s The Conjuring, Annabelle became a devil-doll par-excellence, an immediate heavyweight destine to occupy the upper echelons of horror along with Chucky and Talky-Tina. Annabelle: Creation, which just hit theaters earlier this month, is one of the best-reviewed genre films of 2017 so far; and with The Nun hitting theaters in 2018, The Conjuring Universe is only getting bigger.
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Fans of demonologists Ed and Loraine Warren, whose case files form the backbone of The Conjuring franchise, know that the Annabelle of film looks much different than the “real” Annabelle, which is your run-of-the-mill Raggedy Ann. While the cinematic Annabelle is truly a thing of terror, original concepts designs more closely resembled the actual doll (currently stored in the Warren’s supernatural museum). Despite being more “realistic” I actually find them even more horrifying! Have a look and let us know if you agree.
These designs came from artist Luca Nemolato; check out the artist’s design reel below.
Annabelle: Creation is still playing in theaters in the US and UK; check out the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: Former toy maker Sam Mullins and his wife, Esther, are happy to welcome a nun and six orphaned girls into their California farmhouse. Years earlier, the couple’s 7-year-old daughter Annabelle died in a tragic car accident. Terror soon strikes when one child sneaks into a forbidden room and finds a seemingly innocent doll that appears to have a life of its own.