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MOVIE REVIEW: Sinister 2 (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Sinister 2 (2015)

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Bughuul returns in the second installment of the Sinister franchise, but does Mr. Boogie still have what it takes to scare up a good time at the theaters?

The plot concerns deputy so and so (yes that's how he was billed in Sinister), now forced off the police force, investigating other killings similar to the one in Sinister. He's visiting the homes of the murders and burning them to try and break the chain of killings. Arriving at one of the homes, he finds it occupied by a single mom and her two kids. While instigating, he begins to become romantically attracted to the mom. Meanwhile, the kids are being visited by ghostly children, and coerced to watching home movies of Bughuul's murders. What is Bughuul preparing the kids for? Well honestly if you watched the first film, you have a pretty good idea what's up.

James Ransom returns from the original (now billed as “ex-deputy so and so”), as well as Mr. Boogie himself Nick King. The ending of the first film didn't really leave anyone else to return for part two. Joining the cast is Shannon Sossamon as the mother of the next family of intended victims. Ransom and Sossamon are what made the film enjoyable for me. Both were likeable characters, Sossamon the put upon single mother trying to escape an abusive husband with her two kids and Ransom as the would be hero.

Ransom plays the hero against type. He's not a macho tough guy and far from Ethan Hawke in the first film. He's not very confident, not macho and honestly most of the time he's scared shitless of whats going on around him. However he's a good guy, immensely likable and I could relate to him. He doesn't give up in trying to save Sossamon and her kids from Bughuul. He might not be a typical hero but it's hard not to root for him.

Likewise Sossamon isn't your usual victim in waiting. She may be abused but she is strong, fleeing her abusive husband and fighting to keep her kids safe. She even makes the decision to go back with her husband (Lea Coco) rather than let him take her kids. Putting herself back in line for abuse in an attempt to protect them. All and all she's a braver person than Ransom's character.

There are some disturbing elements in Sinister 2. Anytime you have kids involved in violent situations, it can be hard for some to watch. The entire Sinister storyline is based on the concept of children murdering their families at the behest of a demon. That isn't the shit you find in Disney films folks, so be aware if you can't handle violence by and against kids as both are present in Sinister 2.

But even with the taboo of child violence, Sinister 2 breaks an even worse taboo for a horror movie. It just isn't very scary. Now I wont lie, the trailers for this film make me jump out of my seat when I first saw them. That scene where Baghuul suddenly appears in the dark in front of so and so, that was a great scene. But it's the scariest scene in the movie, and I've already seen it. I'm prepared for it. It worked in the trailer but it didn't work a second time, and it's best scare in the movie.

The movies within the movie are more disturbing that scary. The first movie titled Fishing Trip was actually somewhat scary. It elicited a small jump from me because I wasn't expecting what happened (I wont give it away). After that the other films were all a bit telegraphed. The last movie might disturb some people but again, I saw it coming and it was just a bit meh.

The star of the movie, Mr. Boogie, or Baghuul if you prefer, is sadly limited to just appearing and taking a few steps forward before vanishing again. He seemed more effective in the first film, perhaps because he was new, and wasn't seen that much in the first. In Sinister 2 he seems like a wasted character, who is basically stands in the shadows to occasionally jump out...and do nothing. I know the kids are the real killers, and the real threat, but it seems that having a character like Baghuul he would be more terrifying. He would get involved a little more himself versus delegating most everything to the kids. Sadly he doesn't.

The lack of scares was my only real issue with Sinister 2, but being this is a horror movie, it's a big issue. Sinister was a well received horror movie, with a disturbing story and immensely disturbing ending. It was scary, too, maybe not that scary to a jaded horror fan like me, but much scarier than the sequel. They decided to end it with a happy ending, which wasn't that happy but I don’t want to spoil it for you, but then end it with a cheap jump scare. It wasn't needed, and it's a cheap shot to I assume keep the franchise going. I wish they had just left that last scene out completely.

So if you want to see a decent movie, with competent acting, and likable characters, and can handle violence involving kids, check out Sinister 2. Just don’t expect to be scared unless you have a really low fear tolerance.

Posted by Allen Alberson in MOVIE REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 4 comments