Sinister 2 (2015)


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The first Sinister is a flawed film, but the creativity behind the story, along with the great atmosphere and tension outweighed a majority of the negative. Unfortunately what worked so well in the first is mostly absent in this sequel, which is helmed by Irish director Ciaran Foy (Citadel).

The story sees the return of "Deputy So & So" from the first movie, who is now a private investigator and has been tracking down marked homes and burning them down before Bughuul's wrath potentially infects another family. However things don't go quite as planned when he visits a secluded rural home and discovers that the reportedly empty location is secretly occupied by a woman (Shannyn Sossamon) and her two boys.

Apparently they're hiding from the kid's abusive father, which obviously makes things a bit complicated for the ex-deputy. It's a little too late for the poor kids anyway, as the ghosts of past children have already been haunting one of the boys and they're looking for him to abide by Bughuul's murderous bidding, just not until after they show off their retro-looking snuff films first (damn rules!).

The sequel gets a couple things right: the pacing isn't bad and we learn a bit more about Bughuul, who continues to be the mega-creeper that he was in the first, and the snuff films the kids show are still pretty disturbing to watch. That's about it, however, as the rest of the pic pretty much plays out like your standard horror fair. In fact, it seemed like the filmmakers were aiming for a Children of the Corn reboot instead of a Sinister sequel, because that's what it felt like, especially since there was more focus on the kids this time 'round.

While we do get a little more background on Bughuul, he isn't actually used as much or as effectively as he was before thanks to the focus on those pesky pre-pubescents--I don't care about the ghostly brats, give me more Bughuul! I understand the kids are the real killers here, but they still could've kept more of a spotlight on Bughuul.  Another problem I had was the lack of tension, which was heavily utilized in its predecessor, but here we just get a lot of typical pop scares meant to startle the audience (*yawn*).

If you're a fan of the first flick go in with low expectations, because there's not a lot to offer here. What made the first so creepy and unique is lost in this sequel, as it proves to be nothing more than a Children of the Corn wannabe with all your basic horror tropes.
OVERALL: 
If you're a fan of the first flick go in with low expectations, because there's not a lot to offer here. What made the first so creepy and unique is lost in this sequel, as it proves to be nothing more than a Children of the Corn wannabe with all your basic horror tropes.