With the release of Sinister II, we are faced with another horror sequel which follows on from its commercially and critically successful older brother. Sinister itself gave fans the chills upon its release in 2012, can Sinister II do the same? We went along to find out!
The Sinister series is based upon a terrifying take on the Boogie Man, which we’re sure everyone will be familiar with having spent their childhood making sure closets were closed and gaps under beds were empty so as to not be taken by the Boogie Man. In Sinister & Sinister II, we see a very similar concept, except Bughuul as he is called, has a terrifying murderous streak and looks like the tenth member of Slipknot. Scared yet? You should be.
Sinister II follows on almost directly from its predecessor. We’re introduced to a new family Courtney (Shannyn Sossamon) and her two boys Zack & Dylan (Dartanian & Robert Sloane), who are hiding out in an abandoned property from her estranged husband Clint (Lea Coco). As it turns out, this particular property was the scene of one of the mysterious Bughuul murders, where a family would be found dead with one child missing, vanished into thin air, taken by the malignant spirit. Ex-Deputy So & So (James Ransone), now a private investigator after his dismissal from the force, is on a mission to stop Bughuul in his sinister tracks which leads him to the property Courtney and her boys are staying in. From here, starts a menacing plot of manipulation by Bughuul via the ghost kids he has taken throughout time to corrupt young Dylan into brutally murdering his family.
Overall, the story could be considered repetitive and the script kind of bland, but Sinister II is a horror movie so the question really is does it provide a good scare? It does not disappoint here, that’s for sure. The movie starts off with the trademark Super8 filmed snuff films that stood out so much in the first movie. The grainy 8mm footage and satanic music playing over the gruesome deaths showing throughout these films that the ghost kids show Dylan are spine-chilling and stomach churning.
If these don’t creep the hell out of you, the old-school jump scares implemented on overload will leave you cowering behind your popcorn box. Bughuul is brought into a bigger more physical role in Sinister II and is used brilliantly. The ever silent but ever-present spirit is always on hand to scare the living daylights out of you. The atmospheric & creepy sound effects giving you the chills before landing the sudden scare technique seen in the likes of Paranormal Activity, The Conjuring and even Sinister will make sure you cannot relax throughout the films 96 minute play time.
Sossamon & the Sloane brothers play their parts very well. Courtney comes across believably as a loving mother who wishes to bring her boys up right while Dylan especially impresses as a good kid being manipulated by Bughuul’s foot soldiers despite his protestations. Dylan’s twin brother Zack then suffers from an interesting jealousy at the attention he is getting from the evil spirits leading to conflict between the two. Ransone’s portrayal as the Deputy could be considered out-of-place for this type of movie considering he can lapse into a state of goofiness, but this only serves to lull you into a false sense of security before putting you straight back into fright mode.
Those interested in the occult and supernatural will also be quite impressed with the amount of symbolism and further insight into “Mr. Boogie’s” background. The theory behind why the snuff films are made also give some closure into the thinking behind the franchise’s trademark element.
Directed by Irishman Ciaran Foy and written by Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Doctor Strange), Sinister II is a solid sequel to the now fan-favourite predecessor. While it doesn’t surpass its older brother and as mentioned previously, could be considered repetitive story-wise, Sinister II definitely turns the scare factor right up to 11 and doesn’t give in from start to finish. A must see for anyone who is a fan of a decent heart in mouth horror film.
Sinister II is in cinemas nationwide now!