Sinister 2 (2015)
Critic Consensus: Sinister 2 has a few ingredients that will be familiar to fans of the original; unfortunately, in this slapdash second installment, none of them are scary anymore.
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as Deputy So & So
as Courtney Collins
as Clint Collins
as Dylan Collins
as Zach Collins
as Dr. Stomberg
as Father Rodriguez
as The Creeper
as Security Guard
as State Trooper Shermer
as Stomberg's Daughter
as Christmas Father
as Christmas Mother
as Christmas Son
as Christmas Daughter
as Ellison Oswalt
as Tracy Oswalt
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Critic Reviews for Sinister 2
There comes a point when you have to say no to these horror sequels. There's no skill or idea visible anywhere, just the sound of money being sucked from your pockets.
Although Sinister 2 continues the story begun in Scott Derrickson's creepily effective Sinister, it feels more like an unnecessary retread than an organic extension of the original.
Like Roger Corman's The Pit and the Pendulum, Sinister 2 cheerfully tries to make sense of where sadism springs from.
Creepy kids and sick jokes make for meager scares, but Ransone is likable as the film's beleaguered hero.
This sequel, as rough as it is, might be more worthwhile than its 2012 original.
Audience Reviews for Sinister 2
A disappointing sequel, Sinister 2 lacks the intensity and suspense that made the original so compelling. After the death of the Oswalt family a former deputy turned private investigator attempts to break Bughuul's cycle by burning down the houses of its victims to prevent him from cultivating new ones, but when he discovers a mother (played by Shannyn Sossamon) and her two sons living at a farmhouse that was one of the crime scenes he tries to find a way to save them before Bughuul can get to them. The film makes the classic mistake of over-explaining by showing how children are corrupted and turned by Bughuul (which is better left ambiguous). Also, the child actors aren't that good, and the casting of twins (who are similar looking) as the two brothers makes things especially confusing and hard to follow. Additionally, the retconning of Bughuul to having multiple killing cycles somehow takes away his mystic and diminishes the stakes of the battle for this one family. Sinister 2 makes all the wrong moves and becomes just another cheesy horror sequel doing the same old thing.
Okay, another sequel to an original that I didn't see. Something tells me that the first one wasn't much better. This is slightly creepy but ultimately it rolls out as any number of predictable horrors do. Another forgettable effort.
A qualitative improvement over its predecessor, the sporadically bone-trembling Sinister 2 won't proselytize anyone who loathed the original but it's a step forward. At this point, Blumhouse Productions has a monopoly on horror films in a calendar year. It doesn't replicate the formula of the original as much as it elaborates on it. Now the paradigm shift is from the clueless parents to the actual brainwashed victims of Bughuul- the homicidal children. It's ghastly to witness the Pied Piper seduction of an innocent youth being indoctrinated by other child poltergeists into goosestepping with the boogeyman's bidding. It preys on our fear of our offspring the same Stephen King attempted in Children of the Corn. The found-footage reels of the aforementioned murders are the integral components and they're the most inventively nerve-rattling ingredients as well. An inverted alligator decapitation and a scarecrow-burning-in-effigy death are the prime cuts. Normally people don't flee the premises of a ghost infestation for absurd reasons but finally, the impetus for Courtney Collins (Shannyn Sossamon) is a flight-risk court order which seems more legitimate. James Ransone is the only reprising cast member and thankfully he is no longer a Deputy Dewey-esque officer. I'd say the best output for Blumhouse this perennial is The Gift but Sinister 2 doesn't assassinate their reputation.
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