Title – Sinister 2 (2015)
Director – Ciarán Foy (Citadel)
Cast – James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Dartanian Sloan, Robert Daniel Sloan
Plot – Ex-deputy sheriff So and So (Ransone) continues his fight against the darkness that is Bughuul as he realises loving mother Courtney (Sossamon) and her children are locked in a battle against the dark entity.
“I’m not gonna let him finish that movie!”
Review by Eddie on 19/05/2016
While Sinister 2 is still quite well… sinister, it certainly lacks any of the originality and constant vibe of fear that made its predecessor such a memorable and competent horror film that found both success at the box office and on home release.
Directed by soon to be Dr. Strange deliverer Scott Derrickson, Sinister was a competently made horror that featured scarily good sound designs, an assured lead turn from Ethan Hawke and a somewhat unique premise that introduced us all to one of horror’s most eerie creations of recent times in the form of the child hungry Bughuul.
Where the first film’s use of home footage horrors and sudden appearances of Bughuul and his tribe were used to horrific effect, new director Ciarán Foy struggles to utilise the murderous footage to chilling affects here (even though a rat centric set piece is a dastardly delight) and an overuse of Bughuul undoes many of the films wannabe scares. It also doesn’t help that an uninteresting story that’s been co-created by Derrickson fails to engage like Ethan Hawke’s struggling writer plotline of the first film.
Trying to keep things tied together by the return of James Ransone’s one time sheriff’s deputy So & So (seriously we never get to hear his name) and his quest to stop Bughuul’s evil dominance, the plot that also includes Shannyn (yes I’m still acting) Sossamon’s mother of two increasingly doomed boys just fails to fire and with a mere handful at best of genuine frightening or terrifying moments, Sinister 2 fails to recreate the ominous mood of the first film and where the first film culminated in a shocking finale, Sinister 2 try’s but fails to shock us with a fiery and scythe laden crescendo.
The first Sinister offered up so much opportunity for a new franchise to take hold and while Bughuul still remains and interesting and scary creation, Sinister 2 seems to mark an early drop off in form that will likely see the Sinister franchise relegated to bargain bins before long, which is a sad proposition for a storyline that if done right, could be all types of horror filled greatness.
1 ½ late night basement movie screenings out of 5