Supernatural national abuse play « Sinister 2 » is an ungainly combination of two narratives. Neither narrative is, separate of the other, particularly imaginative. But when seen as extensions of each other, both the film’s demonic possession/ghost story primary narrative and its own domestic drama subplot that is tragic are eccentric enough to make you wish they were considerably better. Director Ciaran Foy (« Citadel ») and co-writers Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill take on more than most horror films do, but fail to bring anything new or considerate to a storyline about the cyclical/familial nature of victim/bully roles. The film’s creators possess the right thoughts, in that sense, but no hint as to how to develop them, making the movie’s formulaic characterizations, and affordable jump scares that much more frustrating. « Sinister 2 » is so close to really being a good picture that everything awful about it looks ten times worse.
« Sinister 2 » starts off about the incorrect foot–in a Catholic church’s confessional booth. Haunted, unnamed former deputy sheriff (« Tangerine »‘s James Ransone) desires to share his burden: he must stop Bughuul, the dorky-looking demon from the very first « Sinister, » from abducting more youngsters. The Catholic priest on the opposite end of Ransone’s rant does the smart thing, and shoos Ransone’s character away, indirectly leading Ransone’s haunted ex-cop to test to save Bughuul’s latest future casualties: single mom Courtney (Shannyn Sossamon) and her two nine year old sons, Dylan (Robert Daniel Sloan) and Zach (Dartanian Sloan).Ransone’s character cozies up to Courtney while Zach and Dylan, once a tightly knit pair, become not unite after Dylan begins making late night visits to the cellar of their new house, where he and several phantoms that are kiddy see snuff films starring the children’ families. But when by viewing his life, Dylan is not hesitantly attempting to rid himself of cryptic nightmares -challenged buddies’ die in homemade super 8mm documantaries, he is meeting a job that not many kids get to try out in horror movies: pintsized survivor. Hereis the section of « Sinister 2 » the movie should, but does not, hone in on: youth stresses of being mistreated by an uncaring father, and unwittingly ignored by a clever but barely omniscient mom.
Cargill and Derrickson develop that angle that is last. Dylan expressly attributes for doing nothing to stop Clint Courtney. Which is a pity since Bughuul does not look like an extension, or a sensible compliment to Zach and Dylan and Courtney’s genetic challenges. Bughuul, a fright-mask-and-tuxedo-wearing devil better known as « The Boogeyman, » gets kids to kill their particular families, and picture their murder sprees. Then the children he simply fooled into becoming killers are abducted by him.