“Annabelle: Creation,” directed by David F. Sandberg (“Lights Out,” another recent New Line horror hit), is a prequel. Warner backed it with a full-frills advertising campaign — billboards, stunts designed stir up online chatter — that combined to hammer home one message: This was a quality movie, not just some throwaway possessed-doll schlock dumped in the doldrums of summer. Based… Continue reading "‘Annabelle: Creation’ Sizzles, Affirming New Line as a Horror Force"
What scared today’s horror movie directors when they were kids? Here are remembrances from five with films out this year. Their comments have been edited and condensed. Andrés Muschietti “It” (due in theaters Sept. 8) A print of a Modigliani painting at my house in Buenos Aires terrified me. He does these portraits of elongated people with empty eyes and… Continue reading "Growing Pains: Horror Directors on Their Creepy Childhood Memories"