As the title makes no attempt to conceal, this is a prequel to the unexpected hit ‘evil doll’ spin-off from The Conjuring, so if you’re not already on board with the storyline this may not be the best place to start.
Back in the 1950s, a dollmaker and his wife are still grieving over the death of their beloved daughter Annabelle more than a decade earlier. So they invite a bunch of girls from a nearby Catholic orphanage to come and live in their big ol’ spooky house, as you do. Naturally, there’s just one rule: never enter Annabelle’s old room. Use your skill and judgement to work out what happens next.