Chilling and creepy are the two best words to describe director David Sandberg’s dive into the macabre with his latest film, “Annabelle: Creation.”

The film centers on the Mullins family who lost their daughter in a tragic accident 12 years prior. As time has passed, Samuel Mullins (Anthony LaPaglia) invites a group of girls and a nun from a recently shuttered orphanage to stay with the family at their country home. He hopes that this will bring life back into the house.

Soon after their arrival, the group discovers that the house has a dark secret — a possessed doll created by Samuel occupies the home. The occupants of the house become a target of the doll’s violence and look for a way to escape.

Horror movies can quickly go from one extreme to the other. Either they have too much gore and not enough mystery or not enough blood and too many secrets.

“Annabelle: Creation” provides the proper balance that gives the audience the feeling that there is always something more just lurking around the corner.

Watching the movie, there were several moments where my body would tense up in anticipation of the unknown. Once that scene would unfold it felt like I had been shot three feet into the air, leaving my shoes behind in a cloud of smoke. Horror movies are not a favorite of mine, but they are of my fiancée who can’t seem to get enough of them. The looks she gave me in the theater indicated that Sandberg had done his job in giving me a proper scare.

There were a few moments in the movie that, while I wouldn’t label light-hearted, had irony to them. One such moment is when a priest is holding the doll and states that the doll is no longer a conduit of evil. He then asks which one of the girls would want it.

Overall “Annabelle: Creation” is a good warm-up to what Hollywood has in store for October. It provides a lot of scares and genuinely creepy moments. If you are looking to see something that will make your heart beat a little faster than this might be a good movie to start with before the Halloween season begins.

I give “Annabelle: Creation” four mustaches out of five.

This movie is rated R for horror, violence and terror and runs 109 minutes.