Sinister 2 (2015)

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6.0 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Acting: 6/10
Visuals: 6/10

Slightly better than the original

Still very generic

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Sinister 2

Studio:  Alliance Films

Genre(s):  Horror

Release Date(s):  August 21, 2015

MPAA Rating:  R

sinister 2 killer kids

Shhhh….don’t make this plot more complex

Bughuul (Nicholas King) still wants children and still is travelling the country to find them.  When he finds a mother on the run named Courtney (Shannyn Sossamon) and her twin sons Zach (Dartanian Sloan) and Dylan (Robert Daniel Sloan), he thinks he’s found his next child.  The deputy (James Ransone) has been tracking the spread across the country, but now he’s caught in a trap with Bughuul in danger of killing Courtney and her sons if they move from their home.  Bughuul seems to want Dylan, but he might have other plans.

Directed by Ciaran Foy, Sinister 2 is a horror thriller.  The movie a follow-up to the 2012 film Sinister and released to negative reviews like the first film (but a strong box office).

Sinister was a very generic horror movie that dealt in cheap scares and cliché moments.  Sinister 2 follows Sinister’s path but is slightly better…but that isn’t a ringing endorsement.

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I’m such a hipster that I use a retro camera to make my snuff films!!!

Sinister set-up this really complex mythology with a creature that abducts the child of a home after making them make home movies of the murders they committed only after they move…it was unnecessary and bogged down a basic story about a demon corrupting a kid.  Here, some of that is jettisoned in exchange for horror and that is good.  The plot is still too much, but it does just become a slaughterfest near the end.

The only returning character is the unnamed deputy played by James Ransone, but like previously, I have a hard time getting past his character from The Wire.  Dartanian Sloan and Robert Daniel Sloan are good as the twins and remind me a lot of the creepy Goodnight Mommy twins…so that is a plus for the series.  It was also pretty weak that Vincent D’Onofrio didn’t want to come back for his small role and Tate Ellington reports he is “missing” while serving as the information guy.

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Cool demon…one again doesn’t really do much

The movie doesn’t do much visually and misses opportunities there.  The horror is basic and the terror could be amplified if the makers worked on it harder.  It does help that evil kids are always scary.

Sinister 2 feels like more of the same, but it also is slightly better than the previous entry.  Regardless, it is average horror and average horror is somehow worse than really bad horror.  The kids claim that Zach’s failure means they are dead forever…I just hope that is true and that Sinister 3 doesn’t pop-up down the line.

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