Sinister 2

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Sinister 2
Two twin boys are standing in front of a wall depicting a ghostly figure seemingly drawn in blood; one smears his hand on the painting and the other shaking his head creating a blur.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCiarán Foy
Written by
Based on
Characters
by
  • Scott Derrickson
  • C. Robert Cargill
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyAmy Vincent
Edited by
  • Michael Trent
  • Tim Alverson
Music bytomandandy
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release date
  • August 21, 2015 (2015-08-21)
Running time
97 minutes[1]
Countries
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget$10 million[2][3]
Box office$54.1 million[4]

Sinister 2 (stylized in marketing as Sinister II) is a 2015 supernatural horror film directed by Ciarán Foy and written by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill, serving as a sequel to the 2012 film Sinister, and stars James Ransone, reprising his role from the original film, alongside Shannyn Sossamon. The film follows the now ex-deputy as he attempts to put an end to Bughuul's curse, while a boy is being tormented by the entity's previous victims who lived in the house where he, his twin brother, and mother now reside, hiding from his abusive father. Unlike the first film which utilized 8 mm film in the story's home movies and snuff films, this film utilized 16 mm film, vinyl records, and ham radio broadcasts in the film’s storyline.

Sinister 2 was a co-production of Entertainment One, IM Global, Blumhouse Productions, Steady Aim Productions, Tank Caterpillar, Inc., and Automatik Entertainment, and released on August 21, 2015, by Focus Features through their Gramercy Pictures banner in the United States, and Entertainment One in the United Kingdom.[5][6] The film received negative reviews from critics, with criticism for its jump scares, horror cliches and story, while Ransone's performance received some praise. The film grossed over $54 million against its reported budget of $10 million.

Plot[edit]

The film opens with a home movie, depicting a family of three. The family is bound and hung up like scarecrows with sacks over their heads in a cornfield, and burned alive. It is revealed to be the nightmare of 9-year-old Dylan Collins, who is squatting in a rural farmhouse next to a deconsecrated Church, with his twin brother, Zach, and their mother, Courtney, who are all running from Clint, Courtney's abusive husband, and Zach and Dylan's father. Dylan is visited nightly by a group of ghostly children, who coerce him to watch "home movies" of families being murdered in various ways (Fishing Trip, Christmas Morning, and Kitchen Remodel).

Former sheriff's deputy "So-and-So", now a private investigator, is researching the murders connected to Bughuul and burning down the homes where each murder took place before another family can move into them, including the house where the Ellison Oswalt massacre took place. He arrives at the farmhouse, but finds the family living there, telling Courtney he's there to investigate the church where a murder took place.

Clint shows up at the farmhouse to take the boys, but leaves after the Deputy informs he needs a court order. Courtney wants to leave, but the Deputy convinces her not to, knowing that leaving would continue the murders connected to Bughuul. Courtney invites him to stay overnight, and the two develop a budding romance.

The Deputy meets with Prof. Stromberg, who has come into possession of a ham radio that belonged to Prof. Jonas, who has mysteriously disappeared, revealing that the radio first belonged to a Norwegian family from 1973. He plays a recording of a young girl yelling to her mother before killing her family and playing the piano. Prof. Stromberg reveals that Bughuul was believed to be reachable by ritual/sacrifice and to have been feeding on the corruption of innocents, with three common traits present: a murdered family, missing children, and an iconological totem/offering in the form of art as an “aesthetic observance of violence,” in order to summon Bughuul. The Deputy orders Stromberg to destroy the ham radio.

Zach becomes jealous of the ghost children's attention to Dylan and begins to act out. The children show Dylan the video of the church murders (Sunday Service). After Dylan refuses to watch the last movie, the children turn their attention to Zach and abandon Dylan, saying he's not their real target. Dylan watches the last reel (A Trip To The Dentist).

Clint arrives with the court order and Courtney goes with him to protect her sons. The Deputy drives to Clint's home to warn them about the danger, but Clint beats him up and threatens the Deputy to leave. The next day, Zach films his family in an outdoor hangout. That night, Dylan contacts the Deputy for help as he and his parents lose consciousness.

Courtney, Dylan, and Clint are drugged and hung on scarecrow posts with sacks over their heads in the cornfield by Clint’s house (similar to Dylan’s nightmare in the opening scene). A possessed Zach douses his family in three separate trails of gasoline, lights Clint on fire, and films his death. The Deputy arrives at the Collins’ residence, finding and hitting Zach with his car. He frees Courtney and Dylan as they flee into the cornfield. However, Zach survives and chases after them.

Inside the home, the ghost children try to help Zach find them. Just as Zach is about to kill Courtney and Dylan, the Deputy manages to destroy the camera, breaking the cycle. Zach is shamed by the ghost children for failing. Bughuul appears and as punishment Zach's body decays rapidly, with a cloth projection screen bursting into flames, causing the house to catch on fire as the Deputy, Courtney, and Dylan escape.

Later, while collecting his things to leave with Courtney and Dylan, the Deputy finds the ham radio in his motel room with the ghost children begin speaking through it as Bughuul quickly appears.

Cast[edit]

  • James Ransone as Ex-Deputy So & So
  • Shannyn Sossamon as Courtney Wheeler-Collins
  • Robert Daniel Sloan as Dylan Collins
  • Dartanian Sloan as Zachary "Zach" Collins
  • Tate Ellington as Dr. Stromberg
  • Lucas Jade Zumann as Milo Jacobs / Sunday Service Boy
  • Lea Coco as Clint Collins
  • John Beasley as Father Rodriguez
  • Jaden Klein as Ted / Fishing Trip Boy
  • Laila Haley as Emma / Christmas Morning Girl
  • Caden M. Fritz as Peter / Kitchen Remodel Boy
  • Olivia Rainey as Catherine / Trip To The Dentist Girl
  • Nicholas King as Bughuul / "Mr. Boogie"
  • Robert Finlayson as Milo's Father / Reverend Jacobs

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

A sequel to Sinister (2012) was announced to be in the works in March 2013, with writers Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill returning, but the former not directing as he did on the first film.[7]

On April 2014, it was announced that Ciarán Foy would direct the film, and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Charles Layton, Xavier Marchand, and Patrice Théroux would executive produce the sequel with eOne Entertainment.[8]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began on August 19, 2014, in Chicago. It was shot for six weeks in locations including St. Anne and outside the village of Grant Park.[9]

Post-production[edit]

On May 20, 2015, Focus Features relaunched their Gramercy Pictures label for action, horror, and science-fiction films. Sinister 2 was one of Gramercy's new releases.[10]

Release[edit]

Sinister 2 released theatrically in the United States on August 21, 2015, and was distributed by Focus Features.

Home media[edit]

Sinister 2 was released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 12, 2016.

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The movie grossed $27,740,955 domestically and $26,363,270 internationally.[4] The film earned $850,000 in ticket sales from late-night showings on Thursday and by the end of its first week, the movie earned $10,542,116, lower than its predecessor which pulled in $18,007,634.

Critical response[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film an approval rating of 14%, based on 91 reviews with an average rating of 4/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Sinister 2 has a few ingredients that will be familiar to fans of the original; unfortunately, in this slapdash second installment, none of them are scary anymore."[11] Metacritic gives the film a score of 32 out of 100, based on reviews from 17 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[12] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B−" on an A+ to F scale.[13]

IGN awarded it a score of 1 out of 10, rating it "unbearable". The site says, "Sinister 2 is an abysmal follow-up to its predecessor. At least that film knew that less is more. And less is scarier."[14] MoviePilot also awarded the film 1 out of 10, calling it "one of the worst horror films of the last few years."[15]

Future[edit]

Prior to the release of Insidious: The Last Key, Jason Blum stated that a crossover film between Sinister and the Insidious series had previously been in development, tentatively entitled Insinister, and that he personally believed it had potential for re-entering it, stating that "we're going to cross our worlds at some point".[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SINISTER 2 (15)". British Board of Film Classification. July 27, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  2. ^ Lang, Brent (August 19, 2015). "Box Office: 'Straight Outta Compton' Will Dwarf 'Hitman: Agent 47,' 'American Ultra'". Variety. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  3. ^ Zumberge, Marianne (August 22, 2015). "Box Office: 'Straight Outta Compton' Handily Beats 'Sinister 2,' 'American Ultra'". Variety. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Sinister 2 (2015) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Sinister 2 (2015)". British Film Institute. Retrieved September 6, 2022.
  6. ^ "Sinister 2 (2015)". American Film Institute. Retrieved September 6, 2022.
  7. ^ Wakeman, Gregory (March 4, 2013). "'Sinister' Sequel Announced". Inquisitor. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
  8. ^ "'Sinister 2' Moving Ahead With 'Citadel' Director". The Hollywood Reporter. April 17, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  9. ^ Gomez, Luis (August 18, 2014). "'Sinister 2' begins filming in Chicago this week". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (May 20, 2015). "Focus Features Revives Gramercy Pictures Label For Genre Films". deadline.com. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  11. ^ "Sinister 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 1, 2022.
  12. ^ "Sinister 2 reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  13. ^ "'Compton' To Cross $100M Today As August Marketplace Chills Out – Late Night B.O. Update". Deadline. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  14. ^ Brian Formo (August 20, 2015). "Sinister 2 Review". IGN.
  15. ^ Nick Morin (September 20, 2015). "Sinister 2 review: "Don't see this pile of garbage" - moviepilot.com". moviepilot.com.[dead link]
  16. ^ "'Insidious' and 'Sinister' Crossover May Happen According to Jason Blum".

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