The following is a review of Sinister 2 (2015), directed by Ciaran Foy.
The original Sinister film was, without a doubt, one of the scariest films of 2012. I absolutely loved that film, and that is huge for me for I’m not a big fan of horror in general. So, as you can imagine, I was really excited about its sequel, Sinister 2. Here’s the thing though, Sinister 2 just isn’t good.
Sinister 2 picks up where the original film left off. ‘Deputy So & So’ has been fired due to how he assisted Ethan Hawke’s Ellison Oswalt in the original film, and So & So is trying to limit the power of the ‘bogeyman’ by burning down the houses that victims have lived in. While doing so, he comes across the unlucky Collins-family, who has settled down in the home of a former victim, and now So & So must try to save the day.
Seemingly a simple story to execute, yet somehow the end result just seems so uninspiring and, frankly, not scary. The style that made the original film so great is lost, and suddenly the creepy sensation surrounding the Sinister-bogeyman just seems worn out. The only thing this film does to scare you, is to add unprovoked jump-scares.
Now, it’s not that the original Sinister-film did not have jump-scares, but, now that Ciaran Foy is directing, the build-up just isn’t there. This Foy-directed Sinister-film feels way too rushed, as no jump-scares are earned the way Derrickson earned his in the original film.
What this film needed was, simply, Scott Derrickson in the director’s chair. Time and time again he has proven to be a strong director in horror; able to build suspense and unease, while being perfect at utilizing the scary elements of these films.
Look, sure, Derrickson had more talent to work with, most notably Ethan Hawke, but it’s not like the lead actors in this film are talentless, and they certainly weren’t bad in this film. Shannyn Sossamon and James Ransone were definitely the highlights of this film.
This film sadly failed in utilizing the scary elements that the first film almost perfected, and thus made its bogeyman way too unconcealed. But here’s my biggest problem with this film – the kids.
This film relied too heavily on their preteen actors. The ghost children weren’t the scariest part of the original film, but they added to the unease. They were perfect for the background. Yet, for some reason, they chose to focus on the children in this film, which really hurt the film as neither the actors playing ghost children nor the actors playing the Collins-kids delivered good performances.
Final Score: 4.5 out of 10 – Sinister 2 lost the style that made the original film great.
I’m Jeffrey Rex