To make a successful paranormal film without using the typical horror conventions is difficult and Sinister 2 does not fail to follow them through.
Directed by: Ciaran Foy
Starring: James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan
The sequel in the Sinister franchise follows the ex-Deputy (James Ransone) from the first film who sets about burning houses that have been marked by death.
He turns up at a rural house where a mother (Shannyn Sossamon) and her two twin boys, Dylan (Robert Daniel Sloan) and Zach (Dartanian Sloan) live.
Little does he know, but it soon becomes apparent, that both boys have spoken with a group of dead children who show film reels of how they murdered their families.
To say that this film did not make me jumpy and cover my eyes would be an understatement. It is true, there were parts that made the whole cinema jump and scream.
Yet, by using the conventional horror elements including a house in the middle of nowhere, creepy children and figures emerging and then swiftly disappearing it was easy to tell when not to look.
Making a horror film without using the traditional conventions is difficult especially during a sequel. Sequels are always difficult to produce as an original film without regurgitating the same plot devices, horror techniques and creating the same film but slightly different.
Nevertheless, they do work and it films director, Ciaran Foy knew what he was doing to produce a jumpy film that will leave you scared and frightened.
There is an unexpected twist that you will not see coming, which was something that was a breath of fresh air during a typical horror. It worked well and it is foreseeable during to the limited character development.
There is an underlying narrative that surfaces throughout this film and it takes a darker tone towards the end. Not because of the ghostly apparitions but because of the domestic abuse storyline.
After watching the film, it is slightly understandable as to why it was added but then again, there are always other possibilities to build on character development.
Speaking of which, there is none. The only character that really gets any development is Dylan, the young, naïve and ‘ghost-whisperer’ of the two boys. Despite the slight character depth, he becomes a more submissive character towards the finale of the film making one wonder the purpose of his role.
Like many horror films, the ending will leave a sour taste and will make you ask more questions than you wish.
After the climatic, or anti-climatic, ending horror fans will know that there is always something that makes you catch your breath and Sinister 2 leaves it open for a possible third in the franchise.
Whether or not they can finally stop Bughuul (or commonly known as the Boogie Man) is something that we will have to wait and see for.
The jumpy sequel does refer back to incidents and characters from the first and although it’s not necessary, it is advisable to watch the prequel before seeing this one.
Overall, it was a film that is not for the faint hearted and definitely not to watch alone. The spooky sequel is in cinemas now.