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Sinister 2 is a 2015 American supernatural horror film directed by Ciaran Foy and written by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. It is a sequel to the 2012 film Sinister and it stars James Ransone, reprising his role from the original film, and Shannyn Sossamon as a mother whose sons are tormented by the ghostly children taken by Bughuul at their rural farmhouse.

Sinister 2
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byCiaran Foy
Produced by
Written by
Starring
Music byTomandandy
CinematographyAmy Vincent
Edited by
  • Michael Trent
  • Timothy Alverson
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release date
  • August 21, 2015 (2015-08-21)
Running time
97 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$10 million[3][4]
Box office$54.1 million[5]

The film received a nationwide release on August 21, 2015. The film grossed over $54 million against its reported budget of $10 million.

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PlotEdit

The film opens in an identical style to the first movie: a snuff movie depicting a family being hung up like scarecrows with sacks over their heads in a cornfield and burned alive. It is revealed to be the nightmare of nine-year-old Dylan Collins, who is staying in a rural farmhouse next to a deconsecrated Lutheran church, with his twin brother Zach, and their mother Courtney (Shannyn Sossamon).

The Deputy from the first film 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 Ellison Oswalt and his family were murdered in the first film. Dylan is visited nightly by a group of ghostly children, led by a boy named Milo, who coerces him to watch "home movies" of families being murdered in various savage ways: being eaten alive by alligators, being electrocuted in a kitchen, buried alive up to their necks in the snow on Christmas Day, and most gruesome of all is the last video watched by Dylan shows how Milo killed his family. The family was held to the floor of the church by nails in their hands as rats were encouraged to eat through their victim's stomach. The Deputy arrives at the farmhouse to destroy it, but realizes Courtney and her sons are living there. He tells Courtney he is a private investigator, and she allows him to investigate the church on the property where a gruesome murder took place. The Deputy later stumbles across an article that shows Courtney and her abusive ex-husband Clint on their wedding day. Suddenly, articles about the church murder flood the screen, before the Deputy sees Bughuul on his laptop. He slams it closed.

Clint shows up at the farmhouse with police to try and take the boys but leaves after the Deputy threatens them, warning them that they need a court order. In this scene, it is also revealed that he was arrested as a suspect for the murder of the Oswalts. While he was cleared of the charge, he was fired for releasing classified information to Ellison. Courtney wants to leave with the boys but the Deputy advises her not to, knowing that each of the murders connected to Bughuul occurred only after the families had fled the homes where the previous murders had occurred. Courtney invites him to stay, and the two develop a budding romance. Deputy meets with a professor who has come into possession of a ham radio that belonged to Professor Jonas from the previous film, who has mysteriously disappeared. The professor said the ham radio first belonged to a Norwegian family who was murdered in 1973. He plays a recording: the young girl's voice on the tape screams "Bughuul can't hear me over your yelling, Mom!" in Norwegian.

Deputy deduces that Bughuul exclusively targets the children of the murdered families. He orders the professor to destroy the ham radio. Zach becomes jealous of the ghostly children who visit Dylan, and insists on having their attention. They show Dylan the video of the church murders. After Dylan refuses to watch the last movie, the children turn their attention to Zach and abandon Dylan saying he is not the real target. Clint arrives with the court order and Courtney is forced to leave with Zach and Dylan. The Deputy drives to Clint's home to warn them about the danger, but Clint threatens him. The next day, Zach, as directed by the ghost children, films Dylan. After realizing he and his family have been poisoned, Dylan contacts the Deputy for help.

Courtney, Dylan, and Clint are drugged and hung on scarecrow posts with sacks over their heads in the cornfield. A possessed Zach lights Clint on fire and films him as he burns to death. Just as Zach is about to light Courtney on fire, the Deputy hits Zach with his car. He frees Courtney and Dylan and they flee into the cornfield. However, Zach survived being hit (due to demonic possession) and pursues them. He cuts half the Deputy's left-hand fingers off with a sickle.

Inside the home, the ghost kids try to help Zach find Courtney and Dylan. Just as Zach is about to kill Courtney and Dylan, the Deputy manages to break the camera, thwarting Zach's home movie and breaking the cycle. Zach is shamed by the ghost kids for failing to kill his family. Bughuul appears and places his hand on Zach's shoulder, causing Zach to decay and burst into flames. The house catches fire as the Deputy, Courtney, and Dylan escape.

Later, the Deputy finds the ham radio in his motel room. As a young girl's voice whispers "Deputy", Bughuul appears and the screen goes black.

CastEdit

  • James Ransone as Ex-Deputy
  • Shannyn Sossamon as Courtney Collins
  • Robert Daniel Sloan as Dylan Collins
  • Dartanian Sloan as Zach Collins
  • Lea Coco as Clint Collins
  • Tate Ellington as Dr. Stomberg
  • John Beasley as Father Rodriguez
  • Lucas Jade Zumann as Milo
  • Jaden Klein as Ted
  • Laila Haley as Emma
  • Caden M. Fritz as Peter
  • Olivia Rainey as Catherine
  • Nicholas King as Bughuul / "Mr. Boogie"
  • Robert Finlayson as Milo's Father/Reverend

ProductionEdit

A sequel to Sinister was announced to be in the works in March 2013, with Scott Derrickson in talks to co-write the script with C. Robert Cargill, but not to direct, as Derrickson did on the first film.[6] On 17 April 2014, it was announced that Ciaran Foy would direct the film, and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Charles Layton, Xavier Marchand, and Patrice Théroux would executive produce the sequel with eOne Entertainment.[7]

FilmingEdit

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.[8]

MarketingEdit

The trailer for the film was uploaded on April 9, 2015, with the song "Hush, Hush, Hush, Here Comes the Bogeyman" being a main piece in the trailer. The song depicts the boogieman as a coward.

ReleaseEdit

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.[9]

Home mediaEdit

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

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

The movie grossed $27,740,955 domestically and $26,363,270 internationally.[5] 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 responseEdit

Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 13%, based on 79 reviews, with an average rating of 3.9/10. 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."[10] Metacritic gives the film a score of 32 out of 100, based on reviews from 17 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[11] CinemaScore announced that audiences gave the film an average grade of "B-" on an A+ to F scale.[12]

IGN awarded it a score of 1 out of 10, saying, "Sinister 2 is an abysmal follow-up to its predecessor. At least that film knew that less is more. And less is scarier."[13] MoviePilot also awarded the film 7 out of 10, calling it "one of the most creepiest horror films of the last few years."[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Petski, Denise (2015-05-20). "Focus Features Revives Gramercy Pictures Label For Genre Films". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  2. ^ "SINISTER 2 (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 2015-07-27. Retrieved 2015-07-27.
  3. ^ Lang, Brent (2015-08-19). "Box Office: 'Straight Outta Compton' Will Dwarf 'Hitman: Agent 47,' 'American Ultra'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  4. ^ Zumberge, Marianne (2015-08-22). "Box Office: 'Straight Outta Compton' Handily Beats 'Sinister 2,' 'American Ultra'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  5. ^ a b "Sinister 2 (2015) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  6. ^ Wakeman, Gregory (2013-03-04). "'Sinister' Sequel Announced". Inquisitor. Retrieved 2013-08-11.
  7. ^ "'Sinister 2' Moving Ahead With 'Citadel' Director". The Hollywood Reporter. 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
  8. ^ Gomez, Luis (2014-08-18). "'Sinister 2' begins filming in Chicago this week". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (2015-05-20). "Focus Features Revives Gramercy Pictures Label For Genre Films". deadline.com. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  10. ^ "Sinister 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2015-09-13.
  11. ^ "Sinister 2 reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
  12. ^ "'Compton' To Cross $100M Today As August Marketplace Chills Out – Late Night B.O. Update". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  13. ^ Brian Formo (August 20, 2015). "Sinister 2 Review". IGN.
  14. ^ Nick Morin (September 20, 2015). "Sinister 2 review: "Don't see this pile of garbage" - moviepilot.com". moviepilot.com.

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