Esther Mullins (Miranda Otto) attempts to ward off an evil presence
came back to horror movies.
Yes, I like horror movies a lot,
but — without sounding too pretentious, I’d like to say that I’m doing
cinema in a global way. I don’t have
any rules on how to do genres, like
horror or romance or drama. It’s all
about your own sensations, your
own experience, and your own heart.
To do a good horror movie, you have
to show how beautiful life is before
you drop the characters into the
worst situations you can imagine in
storytelling. So you need to do both
sides. I like to do cinema, not necessarily horror.
So you like to build a beautiful
world before you smash it all to
How did you get involved with
director David F. Sandberg?
MA: I am not sure how my name
came out for the project. I met director James Wan years ago but for
scheduling reasons, I couldn’t work
on his film at the time. He supported
the idea of having me for Annabelle:
Creation and so I had to meet David
to discuss the project. When I received the call, the idea of working
in The Conjuring universe excited
me a lot. I wasn't a big fan of
Annabelle, but the idea of working on
a prequel, the script itself, and the
approach that David had on his mind
really delighted me.
Annabelle: Creation was David’s
second movie. Before his first film
Lights Out, he had only worked on
shorts with his wife Lotta Losten.
This included the short Lights Out
that became viral on You Tube, giving them their first steps toward
Hollywood. I could feel right away
that working with David would be
something special, and indeed his
“freshness” and his way of building
his ideas and considering the experience of his crew made Annabelle:
Creation something different.
Here is someone who tells you
what he really has on his mind, in
his head, and in his heart. While we
were in prep, David had a dream
A terrified Janice (Talitha Bateman) confides in Sister Charlotte (Stephanie Sigman)
DP Maxime Alexandre and director David F. Sandberg set up a shot