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Review - Sinister 2

By midlandsmovies, Dec 13 2015 08:55PM

Sinister 2 (2015) Dir: Ciarán Foy

The sequel to the surprisingly good 2012 original sees James Ransone return in a larger role as he attempts to uncover the truth around 'Bughuul' as laid out in the first film. During this process he meets a separated mother and her two children who are living in a rural home marked for death by the demonic creature.

Unfortunately Sinister 2 is a case of too many chefs spoiling the broth as the writers seem to have had different ideas and the story ends up being less than the sum of its parts. This is surprising considering both wrote the original and have a good horror resume but clearly here they could not decide on several elements as sub-plots and strands are left unexplored meaning that as soon as one chilling revelation or idea is hit upon another, less effective driver is not far behind.

When combined with an over-reliance on weak supernatural activity the threat to our characters quickly becomes diminished and any built up tension is washed away.

While competently shot and reasonably paced it would appear the scriptwriters and producers are more interested in developing a mythos and a franchise as opposed to a compelling story leaving me to wonder if this would not be better named Sinister 1.5 than a full blown sequel.


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