In anticipation for the second Sinister movie, I decided to re-watch the first one, decide why it was such a uniquely scary movie, and pinpoint what I want to see in the sequel.
Sinister combines the typical scare tactics
We have found footage that has become increasingly popular in the last decade, from The Blair Witch Project (1999) to the most recent Paranormal Activity movie (2015), and many in-between. Despite knowing that the footage is fake, it still has the ability to make you wonder... what if it were real?
Then there's disturbing methods of killing, which goes beyond the typical machete or chainsaw. We have a glimpse of the sadistic nature that people were so drawn to in the Saw movie franchise. Watching people get run over by a lawnmower or chained to lawn chairs and pulled into a pool to drown, reminded me of the disturbing feeling I had when I first watched Saw.
Don't forget the creepy ass music! Creepy music has aided horror movies since classics like Psycho. Sinister nails this one. Each one of the reels Ellison Oswalt finds has the most bizarre, freaky music to go with it, and each one fits perfectly and makes the graphic image even more terrifying!
The best tactic used is the slowly increasing visual of the object of terror. We see this technique in most modern horror movies. The initial introduction of the scary character is shock, and you want to see it again! Sinister first shows Mr. Boogie walking underwater in the pool, it takes a minute to even know what it is you're seeing. The more they show him, the scarier you realize he is.
The one thing about Sinister that I would change, was the repetitiveness. It seemed like every other scene was Oswalt waking up to the sound of the projector, followed by additional noises. I grew tired of the same thing happening over and over again, despite the final night in the house, in which he finds Mr. Boogie in the attic.
Also, his family offers very little contribution. Besides a few drawings and night terrors, they all seem to be very oblivious to everything that is happening around them. How do they not hear the strange noises, or a projector mysteriously turning on every night?
So, will Sinister 2 outdo the first?
I personally wanted Sinister 2 to be a prequel. I think going into more detail about how Mr. Boogie originated, and how the first murder occurred without footage prior to the 1966 'pool party.' If the entire concept is based on finding disturbing footage, watching said footage, then moving from the house that the most recent crime occurred; then how did it all begin? That is the answer I was really hoping to find out. The new trailer raises additional questions as well.
The new trailer shows a young mother (Shannyn Sossamon) move into a home with her nine-year-old twin sons. Sure enough Mr. Boogie, also known as Buhguul, has plans for the family. The problem? The preview shows that this takes place sometime after the Oswalt family was plagued by Buhguul, so theoretically, they should be moving into the Oswalt home we saw at the end of Sinister. Instead, we see them moving into an isolated farm house. This shifts the entire connection that was uncovered in the original film. One possible scenario, that would still tie everything together, is that additional murders have taken place since the Oswalt household. If that were the case, then there should be a new string of murders, with new terrifying footage for us to see. Another possibility is a different string of murdered connections all together. New footage, new families, still dating back to around the 1960's. I personally hope for the latter. There was something incredibly eerie about the older footage Oswalt found in the first Sinister film.
Sinister 2 definitely has the potential to outdo the original, but it will have to do it without all of its scare tactics. We won't be surprised by Buhguul like we were the first time, and we won't be as shocked to see such disturbing deaths in the found footage. We need a back story, more frightening details about Mr. Boogie; something that will trigger nightmares! One thing in its favor, is a larger budget, due to the success of Sinister.
I'm also super excited that Deputy So-and-So (James Ransone) will be returning for the second film! He added much needed comedic relief to the first.
Check out the full trailer below!