Sinister 2 (2015)

Deputy So and So will you marry me?

A protective young mother and her two boys move into a rural house that’s marked for death as the evil spirit of Bughuul continues…

Ciaran Foy continues the story begun by Scott Derrickson in 2012 with the creepily effective snuff film Sinister. Foy’s Sinister 2, although has the right ingredients, unfortunately lacks flavour. That isn’t to say it’s bad, it just doesn’t possess the same charm and originality as its predecessor. The success of Sinister was that the first half comes across as an interesting murder mystery puzzle, to only have it turned on its head and revealed as a supernatural horror. Here we are fully aware of who and what Bughuul is – the well dressed tuxedo wearing demon who has a love of old school vintage 8mm camera’s – which is what takes away the enticing mystery.

For what they did with the sequel, it wasn’t a bad direction to go with – from the children’s perspective. However, it just wasn’t explored deep enough. It all felt very Children of the Corn, creepy pale kids, dead eyes, been there, seen it, move on. The brothers bond too felt a little underdeveloped… Was one of the twins seriously jealous over demon favouritism? Or was he just a shitty kid?

I preferred this film for its family drama, then for its horror elements. The family killings are again quite graphic but weren’t as terrifying as the first, they were a little too over the top in design to really believe a child could physically manoeuvre these murders to take place.

Let’s be real though, if Deputy So & So wasn’t in this movie I would have liked it less. James Ransone’s too brief appearance in Sinister was always a secret favourite of mine. I absolutely love the goofy charm of his, it will always win me over.

Sinister 2 is far from perfect, its ambitious ideas are thwarted by the use of cliché jump scares. But Deputy So and So steals my heart away so I couldn’t help but like it.

6.0 / 10

“I’m not gonna let him finish that movie!”

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