A young mother and her two sons become the next targets of Bughuul,
while the deputy tries to figure out what happened to Ellison Oswalt.
Sinister 2 (2015)
Directed by Ciarán Foy
Written by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill
Starring James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan, Lea Coco, Tate Ellington, Lucas Jade Zumann
Sequel to 2012's Sinister
The franchise potential of Sinister was great. It had a powerful, scary villain and a brilliant premise. Frankly, it would not have been that difficult to make a great or even a good sequel. Yet somehow, Derrickson and Cargill managed to ruin any hope of a franchise with this abysmal excuse for a film. In my experience, movies require a story and/or interesting characters to work. Sinister 2 has neither.
This film ignores all the creepy aspects of the first film, instead opting for a substandard drama about an abused mother and her children escaping a prick father. They just so happen to flee to the house that Ethan Hawke and his family were murdered in in the first film. While this could've led to a compelling narrative in the center of a terrifying film, it is pushed aside to accommodate Bughuul's child victims, who get the majority of the screen time by trying to convince the two child leads to murder in Bughuul's name. Speaking of the demigod, he is barely in the film. When we do see him, it's only for a cheap jump scare that does nothing for anybody.
This film is a disgrace to the good name of a very original and entertaining first film. It destroys any hope of having a franchise surrounding Bughuul, who could've been a horror great among the likes of Freddy Krueger. When your main character doesn't have a name, or even a nickname, it's doubtful that your film is gonna be worth watching. This is the case with Sinister 2, one of the worst horror sequels ever made.