There has been a bevy of horror films put out throughout the years that confirm for us that children are indeed evil spawns of Satan that cannot be trusted; 2012’s Sinister was another one of those films. In case you missed it (and if you did, you shouldn’t even be reading this damn review!), the first film followed a true-crime author who stumbled upon a box of snuff films while living in the home where a horrific murder took place. As the film progresses you realize it’s all the work of a supernatural creepster called Bughuul who makes the kids kill their families and film it all. It’s up to the author and Deputy So & So (James Ransone) to solve it all before another family is murdered.
Sinister 2 brings back Deputy So & So as the lead alongside Shannyn Sossamon who plays Courtney, a mother to two sons, Dylan (Robert Daniel Sloan) and Zach (Dartanian Sloan) living in a farm house where a brutal murder of a family took place in the church next door. As Deputy So & So is still on the case to find and stop the next killings from happening, Dylan and Zach are haunted by ghostly children who make them watch home videos of the murders of their own families.
I was honestly expecting this sequel to not be any good, but was pleasantly surprised to find that there was a lot about it that made the film a worthwhile watch. While it had its creepy elements to it, the “scare factors” took a back seat and let plot development and story hold the reigns. The film gave us a little more info on Bughuul’s mythology and how far back his terror has stretched. Real life brothers, Zach and Dylan, really outshined everyone in the movie and had total believability in their characters. Another aspect that people will be glad to know is that Bughuul isn’t shown too much, which is what I was worried was going to happen since his reveal in the first film. His character still held some mystery and spookiness. The home movies were just as grim as the ones in the first Sinister, and several had me cringing a bit.
While the good outweighed the bad in Sinister 2 (for me, at least), there were some definite flaws. Deputy So & So and Courtney’s interactions felt awkward and uncomfortable for the most part, and I think it’s largely due to her inability to play a totally believeable homely, country bumpkin mom. The ghost kids were a little too cheesy more times than not and probably could have benefitted from less screen time or not had as many speaking parts. As I said earlier, the film really wasn’t scary (not counting the usual jump scares), and wasn’t as dark and disturbing as its predecessor.
At the end of the day Sinister 2 wasn’t an awful movie and deserves a viewing. If you’re going in expecting the same film as the first one, you’re not going to get it, but it’s a worthy addition to the Sinister series (of course it set up the ending for a possible third film). As long as you know that, you won’t walk out of the theater disappointed.
Sinister 2 is now playing in theaters everywhere. It is directed by Ciaran Foy and stars James Ransone, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan, Lea Coco and Nicholas King as Bughuul.