With his many methods of invading the lives of unfortunate families, Bughuul returns for Sinister 2, and I wouldn't make him mad, if I were you...this film depicts what happens if you do.
For those of you that know me, the Sinister franchise has grown to be one of my favorites of all time. Why? It includes all of the necessities for my perfect horror film: moments of sheer and unrelenting terror, disgusting and disturbing deaths, and a villain so horrifying that I can't walk down the hallway at night without thinking that he's around the corner.
With that being said, when Moviepilot gave me the opportunity to screen Sinister 2 before its release on August 21st, I considered camping out at the theater a week in advance.
If you haven't heard anything about Sinister 2, check out the trailer here:
As one of the scariest demons in horror to date, here are 5 reasons Bughuul is more chilling than ever:
5.) He's loved dearly by his children
Though he is a Babylonian-Pagan deity known for eating the souls of children over time, what makes him truly horrifying is that he is almost like a father figure to the children that kill for him.
The children of Sinister 2 are obsessed with finding another sacrifice to keep their demon-dad happy. Once they're under Bughuul's spell, the children will do anything to keep the cycle of death going, and he has consequences if they don't.
Good parenting, Bughuul!
Which leads us to our next freakish fact...
4.) He makes siblings compete
Since Sinister was more from the view of Ellison Oswalt, we never truly see how the children become involved with Bughuul; all we know is that Ellison's daughter ends up succumbing to his influence.
In this film, we see all of the details in how he influences the children he plans to eat. I don't want to spoil too much, but what I can tell you is that we have a pair of twins, and with that comes a need for one to be better than the other when it comes to impressing Bughuul. I'll let you visualize the rest.
3.) His history is horrifying
Although Sinister 2 is not a prequel to the first film, this one gives us a look into how far back the story of Bughuul (also known as the Boogeyman) goes. It turns out that Bughuul has been around for international murders as well, explained in Sinister 2, dating back to at least the '60s, while he himself has been around since the most ancient of times.
We get to see an old-fashioned radio, found by the professor that takes Professor Jonas' (from the first film) place. There was a frequency in the '90s that once picked up the sound of a tinkering children's piano, and a recording was caught of a Norwegian girl saying "Quiet! Bughuul can't hear me over your yelling, mom."
2.) He's summoned by things we do every day
What I find most horrifying about Bughuul is that you can find him in many different mediums of media. An offering to Bughuul can be made by music, literature, film, etc, which is why the children make films and each film is accompanied by some of the most petrifying music I've ever heard. Sinister 2 doesn't skimp on the creepy music, either, so thumbs up for that.
Basically, he can be anywhere at any time...all you have to do is look. You know, behind you.
1.) He'll stalk you...anywhere
Sinister made it a point to show us that Bughuul is able to appear within the realm of the home of the family and child to be sacrificed, but did you know that he can now follow you to your hotel? He's appearing in other places now, such as the yard, the church, even inside your very own laptop.
I almost had to cover my eyes to keep from embarrassing myself during the scene depicted in the spoiler below...read if you dare!
Officer So and So takes his research to a local motel, where he is reading articles about Bughuul and the killings of the families he had possessed. While on his computer, he notices Bughuul's reflection behind him. He turns to look; no one is there. He checks the computer again only to see Bughuul standing directly behind him...eek!
Sinister 2 hails some of the most disturbing, well thought out deaths in any horror film that I've seen to date. Think frostbite, electrocution, dentists...I shiver just thinking about them, no pun intended.
Between the graphic death scenes, the creepy kids, and a demon with a bloodlust for children, Sinister 2 is sure to have you leaving yours lights on for a few nights.
This film also has a great storyline, which is a welcomed change within the horror genre between the throes of cheesy found-footage films and corny storylines for demonic possessions and Ouija boards. This one brings a handful of relatable and lovable characters, a bit of drama, and a lot of terror.
If you have children and/or you happen to come across a camera in your house that you didn't put there yourself...run. If you happen to see Bughuul in your house, you call me and let me know. I'd love to interview him and post it...
Until next time, stay spooky!