Movie Name: Sinister 2
Release Date: 08.21.2015
Horror Subgenre: Paranormal
A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that's marked for death. (Excerpt IMDB.com)
Sinister 2 is the immediate sequel to Scott Derickson’s 2012 horror film Sinister. The basic storyline centers on children killing their family while under the influence of a demon. In the first movie the backstory of the demon wasn’t emphasized, instead the focus centers on an author’s quest to unravel the serial murderer/kidnapping cases. The concept of the original film offered mystery, thriller and of course the supernatural. Add the voyeuristic approach in which the viewer witnesses pre-recorded acts of atrocity committed by the children and you have another sub-genre altogether. Apparently, as humorous as it seems the demon is using children to create snuff films. To most horror fans, myself included Sinister didn’t offer anything to out of the ordinary, yet it serves as a decent viewing experience.
Now that leads us to the 2015 sequel, and where to begin describing this horrible, lame and amateurish vision of film is a conundrum. Firstly, the screenwriters decided to use the cliche domestic violence approach as a centerpiece to the film. We’ve seen it countless times in some form or another in horror films. The abusive husband, and the family that suffered from his barbarism is a weak attempt to infuse social commentary.
Secondly, the mother flees her abusive husband with her two children in tow and seek refuge in a house that happens to be adjacent to a haunted church. The church in question was the site of a brutal massacre (insert Bughuul’s nefarious deeds here). Not to encapsulate the whole movie but you know where the movie goes from here. The children, brothers Zach and Dylan are haunted by spectral children who enjoy displaying their murderous tapes as if it were show and tell. Bughuul pops in for occasional jump scares, and the audience tries to take this all in with seriousness. The basic foundation to this movie resonates as a made for television movie that caters to casual horror fans.
If you check the IMDB page for James Ransone’s character in Sinister 2 you’ll get a glimpse at how lazy the writers were in character development. Subpar is literally an understatement. “Mr. Ex Deputy So & so” trades in his badge to become a paranormal investigator / demon hunter. A Zachary Bagans he is not, instead he portrays a wide-eyed goofy guy who gets freaked out on while investigating dark places. This character better serves as a comedy relief or sidekick as was the case in Sinister 1 alongside Ethan Hawke. Clint Collins, the abusive husband played by Lea Coco is by far the most ridiculous exaggeration of male ego on testosterone overdrive. The rest of the cast didn’t fair any better, the most shining moment of idiocy occurs when Courtney Collins, the victim/wife portrayed by Shannyn Sossamon wishes Ex Deputy So & So to be her children’s daddy. Really? Talk about rebound relationship with baggage.
Typical jump scares, yawn. Wake me up when the producers, writers and directors actually try to make a good horror movie. In Sinister 2, the “snuff films” are completely exaggerated, its as if the writers wanted to implement a Saw-esque feel to the visuals. How can children set up such a complex kill method? Possession? Is that the logic we’re led to believe? In comparison to Sinister part one, where in fact these home movies did look homemade, the sequel offers intricate cuts and special effects. Add the grainy old film look of these “snuff films” and you get instant creepiness. Bughuul is not scary or horrific at all and when he makes his appearance on screen you’re triggered to full out laughter instead of shrieks of fright.
Absolutely painful viewing experience, this review was typed and released as quickly as I possibly could to reduce possible trauma to your wallet, your sanity and time. Save the whales? Save yourselves instead from watching this horribly developed movie.