Sinister 2

"OK"

Sinister 2 Review


As the ghoul from the 2012 horror hit stalks a new family, this sequel's sharply well-crafted set-up leaves the hackneyed conclusion feeling very disappointing. Up until the trite horror finale, the film is a terrific mix of complex characters and twisted relationships, with a palpable sense of underlying menace. But instead of grappling with the ramifications of the human drama, the screenwriters opt for simplistic violence instead.

The dorky deputy (James Ransone) from the first film has left the force but is still determined to stop the horror from happening again. Then he arrives at the "infected" farmhouse and finds single mother Courtney (Shannyn Sossamon) hiding out there with her feuding pre-teen sons Dylan and Zach (played by real-life siblings Robert Daniel and Dartanian Sloan). And her abusive husband Clint (Lea Coco) wants custody. But the boys have already been contacted by the creepy gang of ghost kids who have horrifically murdered their families and documented this in home movies that they show to Dylan each night. To appease the boogeyman, Dylan needs to do the same, and if he can't, they might be able to use Zach.

Frankly, Clint is a much scarier monster than the sinister spirit lurking in seemingly every dark corner in this movie. And Zach has learned from his dad how to be a seriously cruel bully. Director Ciaran Foy generates intensity in both the real-world and supernatural elements of this story, inventively creating visually stylish freak-out moments that have genuine peril attached. In this situation, the actors create strikingly authentic characters, from Ransone's likeably goofy deputy to Sossamon's steely, tenacious mother hen. And the Sloan brothers add a superb sense of sibling tension, mingling anger and frustration with real emotion. So when things begin to snap between all of them, the film becomes genuinely heart-stopping. Then the ghosts take over and it's not quite so thrilling.

The film carries on being creepy and grisly, especially in the grainy home-made snuff movies (with a soundtrack provided by a ludicrously scratchy record). And the morbid details of each mass murder are shockingly gruesome, making us worry about the filmmakers' imagination. But it's impossible for a shadowy spirit to carry nearly as much weight as an irrationally violent husband. This real-world villain provides the resonance and subtext that grips our attention. So when the ghosts steer the movie into a rather simplistically written fiery finale, it's difficult to work up much enthusiasm for a third go-round, unless the writers remember where the true danger lies.

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Sinister 2

Facts and Figures

Genre: Horror/Suspense

Run time: 97 mins

In Theaters: Friday 21st August 2015

Distributed by: Focus Features

Production compaines: Blumhouse Productions, Focus Features

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Cast & Crew

Director: Ciaran Foy

Producer: , , Brian Kavanaugh-Jones

Starring: as Courtney, as So & So, as Dr. Stomberg, Nicholas King as Bughuul, Lucas Jade Zumann as Milo, Caden M. Fritz as Peter, Jaden Klein as Ted, Delphine Pontvieux as Electrocution Mom, Olivia Rainey as Catherine, Laila Haley as Emma, Dartanian Sloan as Zach, Robert Daniel Sloan as Dylan

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