Film Review - Sinister 2 - 2015
Format: Amazon Prime Language: English Released: 2015
Director: Ciaran Foy
Starring: James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan
Let me start with a question; one that you would have hoped the film studios asked themselves before giving this film the green light; How do you follow up a sleeper hit such as Sinister? Their answer, sadly, seems to be,
“We don’t care, just make us some money”.
The story revolves around two boys, whose Mother, Courtney Collins (Shannyn Sossamon), is on the run from her violent ex-husband, being made to watch homemade films by what I can only imagine are meant to be ghost children. The boys Dylan Collins (Robert Daniel Sloan) and Zach Collins (Dartanian Sloan) are not only unconvincing as brothers (which is highly amusing as they are real life siblings) they are also so blood boilingly annoying that you end up hoping they fall prey to the demon, Bhughul, as soon as possible. On the subject of Bhughul, the demon responsible for making the children commit such horrific crimes in the first place, he seems to have been reduced to nothing more than a cameo in his own film for reasons unknown.
The main triumph of the first film, was, in my opinion, the 8mm films of the killings. This helped, not only build up the atmosphere but created some good off-screen space in terms of the world the characters inhabited and character development. They are a mess in Sinister 2. It was like watching scenes from one of the Final Destination films in 8mm; there was no point to them other than to try to add shock value; but Foy, failed utterly and they were just so bad it wasn’t even funny.
This film is in no way, shape or form, anything other than mediocre, even the acting from James Ransone as Ex-Deputy So & So and Shannyn Sossamon as Courtney Collins is nothing special. It is sadly like the rest of this film, just about passable.
It’s hard to put my finger on what Ciaran Foy was thinking when he made this film, a weak story filled with weak performances and at times questionable film-making made this a huge let-down. Where the first film gave you an engagingly creepy and eerier atmosphere, albeit light on plot, this film doesn’t even try and I am left asking if Ciaran Foy even watched the first film. Sinister 2 is nothing but a simple cash in on the first and a completely forgettable one at that.