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How ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Literally Brought David F. Sandberg’s Dreams to Life

Some of the best scenes in Annabelle: Creation involve a toy gun that shoots a ball attached to a string. Once shot, the ball can be reeled back in with a little wheel on the gun. Lulu Wilson’s Linda wields it against Annabelle herself, and the gun itself is pretty cool looking. Even cooler though is how Sandberg came up with it.

That actually came from a dream I had” he explained to us during a chat a couple weeks ago. “When we were in pre-production I dreamed that scene pretty much, like I was watching the movie almost before we had shot it and I woke up and wrote that down immediately and then I sent that to [writer] Gary Dauberman: ‘is this something we can put in the movie?’ And he was like, ‘Why don’t I have dreams like that?’”

At this point I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. The toy gun stood out to me in the film as something that looked like it could exist as a joke weapon in Fallout 4. Being told that it was brought to life from a dream was awesome. I excitedly asked him to tell me more about it.

So yeah, we found a place to put it in, which was really cool because the prop guys built that thing which was from my dream and I got to mold it and play with it,” Sandberg explained. “That was the weird thing. I don’t know where that came from in the dream but I’d never seen that, a pop gun with a reel on it, but somehow my brain put that together.”

I think the biggest reason Annabelle: Creation works so well is that Sandberg is so clearly in love with both the genre and the story he sets out to tell; he was coming up with ideas in his dreams, after all! The same level of care resulted in last year’s Ouija: Origin of Evil, so it’s a good thing that Warner Brothers took a page out of Universal’s book and actually put an effort into making a genuinely great follow-up with Annabelle: Creation.

If you want to see the toy gun in action, the full clip is below.



  • Brando

    Pretty cool, but pop guns on a string have been around for a long time. The one I had when I was a kid worked on a pressure build up like a Super Soaker.

    • Yeah I knew I had seen one before but it was cool that he hadn’t!

  • Maxime C

    Wake up people, this movie was boring.

    • Brett Lovejoy

      I assumed as much, given ‘Lights Out’ was just as overhyped and dull.

      • Maxime C

        Some successes are just beyond my understanding.

        • I thought Lights Out was a little overrated, but it’s a quality movie. I don’t know how you could come to the conclusion that Annabelle Creation is boring, but to each their own I guess.

          • Maxime C

            Well, nothing scary happenned. That’s how i came to this conclusion.
            Shooting a dollars not moving is not scary imo.

      • Daxtreme

        Lights Out sucked ass! Extremely forgettable and boring movie.

      • david

        Lights Out was average at best. I think it would’ve been so much better if it were rated R. I would recommend that you see Annabelle Creation because it put both Annabelle and Lights Out to shame.

  • Jonathan Larsson

    The director seems like a fun and enthusiastic guy. They should have him as director on one of the Universal Monster Remakes.

    • His love for horror is so apparent. It didn’t work with the article, but he actually started talking to me about things he thought he did wrong in his other film and I have a lot of respect for someone willing to do that.

  • Vinnie Vincent’s Dead Dog

    This was a terrible film. It has the narrative consistency of a children’s book. Not really sure why there’s so much praise for something that’s mostly just jump scares.

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