Not as bad as people make out
Directed By: Ciaran Foy
Starring: James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan, Nicholas King
Release Date: August 21st 2015
Okay, I’m going to say this straight away, this film has its faults and is nowhere as good as the first film. That said, the film is nowhere as bad as the reviews have stated; it falls somewhere between an average horror sequel and an above-average mid-summer horror, which given how bad the last few films I have seen at the cinema, I consider it a win.
The first film touched on the back story of Bughuul, this one delves deeper, looking at a time before television, before projectors and even before he had come to America, all of this helps develop the story and make him one of the more memorable antagonists in recent horror cinema, with this film exploring further into the folklore which surrounds Mr Boogie, the child-stealing demon that made such an impression in the first film.
After the arrival of Bughuul and the subsequent death of the Oswalt family in the first film, the smartest person from the first film, Deputy So & So (James Ransone) goes from being the only person that could see the pattern that was emerging, to the one person that attempts to stop it, either by destroying homes before another family can move in, or by attempting to save the unfortunate Collins family who managed to move in before the house could be destroyed.
The film also decided to shift from the point of view of the adults in the first film, to the point of view of the children, with two young brothers simultaneously putting up with the separation of their parents and the ability to see ghosts of long-dead children, both of which put to good use, providing an interesting and layered storyline, with the ghosts being used to show how Mr Boogie slowly corrupts the youth, while the breakdown the parent’s marriage helping to explain why the mother at first wishes to leave and I the end is compelled to stay in a house, helping to avoid some more simple questions if it was a more conventional family, who could just stay put.
With all of these good points covered, it’s time to take a look at the parts of this film that just don’t work as well as in the first, the biggest part being that of the child actors, while some parts of their performances were good, overall it was patchy, thus making their scenes a little tough to watch, this is especially true in the supporting ghost characters, who were pretty much forgettable at best.
The next thing that held the movie back was the Super 8 films, which lack the suspense the first films clips, removing watching and re-watching with subtle differences and instead jumping straight to mini torture porn films, breaking up the film and if anything making the film less scary, as you’re no longer waiting to see what will happen or where Bughuul is, instead it is stripped to its bare bones, child kills family in the goriest way possible, using jump scares and not a lot else.
This takes the film from being a smart follow-up from the promising first movie to becoming just another sequel that failed to capitalise on the success that its predecessor had set out for it, this, however, doesn’t mean that Sinister 2 is a bad film, far from it, the film is an above average horror film, with an interesting plot and enough scares to leave you feeling satisfied enough, as long as you forgive some bad child actors and overkill of the Super 8 films.