Mr Samuel Mullins (Anthony LaPaglia) handcrafted wooden toys and dolls. He seems very happy with his wife Esther (Miranda Otto) and their daughter, Bee (Samara Lee). That is, until Bee is quickly taken from them in a road accident. Some time later, the Mullins' open their old home to Sister Charlotte (Stephanie Sigman) and a handful of young girls from an orphanage, in particular a wheelchair/crutch-bound girl named Janice (Talitha Bateman). By this time, Mrs. Mullins has been bed-ridden with a "condition" and Mr. Mullins appears quiet and withdrawn. Janice doesn't do as she's told - which is to stay away from one locked bedroom - but something draws her to enter this room and look around. It's the Mullins' daughter's room. She is led by what appears to be Bee's ghost, and she finds the doll: Annabelle. Strange things start happening in the home. The young girls start experiencing things first. Janice's closest friend Linda (Lulu Wilson) is the first one to figure out what's starting to go on, speaking to Mr Mullins about it briefly. It doesn't take long for things to escalate. Linda manages to get Sister Charlotte to understand the root of the problems so far - the doll - and she confronts Mrs. Mullins. The Mullins' appear to know and understand what's going on, hinting it's been dealt with before; but it's not enough to save them all this time.
Director: David F. Sandberg
Writers: Gary Dauberman
Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Samara Lee, Miranda Otto
Deleted Scenes with Director's Commentary
Sandberg provides a commentary over the material as he discusses why certain scenes had to go. This includes some material concerning Sister Charlotte and her motivation for being with the children, which would have been nice to keep these scenes as they help define her character. It's understandable why some of this was cut, but I do wish that a number of these scenes remained to help make the film a bit more nuanced.
Directing 'Annabelle: Creation'
This is an impressive behind the scenes video with Sandberg wanting to fill the gap of what it looks like to direct a movie. He offers up a lot of information and also has a hell of a great sense of humor so it's informative as well as entertaining.