The sequel/prequel/in-universe connection to The Conjuring film, Annabelle: Creation, starring everyone’s favorite haunted doll has just received a trailer. It’s just as scary as you might think it would be… depending on how scary you think things are.

We thought it was scary… because dolls…

The first Annabelle movies was okay-ish, but this movie offers to up the ante by giving the full backstory of where the Annabelle doll came from, and why it’s such a jerk. Spoiler: it might be Die Duiwel. The setting of the trailer already invokes spooky but not in the same sense as other modern scary movies.

The brief synopsis reads:

Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

The producer is James Wan who made the first Saw. You know, the good one, and the director is David F. Sandberg who directed the remarkably good horror movie Lights Out. So, despite its ties with varied other sequels and knock-offs, we are intrigued by this film.

Annabelle: Creation comes out August 11th.