Time to Bughuul off?
released 28 deCeMBer 2015 | 15 | dVd/Blu-ray/download
Director Ciarán Foy
Cast James ransone, shannyn
sossamon, robert daniel sloan
Sinister’s cleverness was both the best and worst thing about it. The way it revealed its villain’s fiendish plan was creepy, but it also felt over-engineered. This sequel doesn’t have that problem – while it’s still overly convoluted, it’s also really, really stupid.
James Ransone, who played the goofy nameless deputy in the first movie, has been brought back and shoved into the lead role (though annoyingly he still hasn’t got a name). “Ex-Deputy So And So” is now a private detective who burns down murder houses to stop the demonic Bughuul claiming more victims. But a new family has moved into one of the houses, and the kids are already having sleepovers with Bughuul’s army of undead tweens.
Since there’s no mystery left to the demon’s MO, Sinister 2 has to scrabble for a new twist. And yeah, there’s some fun in the idea that it’s moving out of, not into, a haunted house that’s dangerous, but once the domestic abuse subplot kicks in it’s obvious where things are going. There are few surprises and even fewer scares; Bughuul was never the most frightening movie monster, but here he’s so ineffectual he might as well have taken the week off.
It’s clichéd, dull and laboured, with a dark but sloppy aesthetic. As a movie lover, you’d imagine even Bughuul would be disappointed with this nonsense.
Extras Ten minutes of boring deleted scenes; full-length versions of all the “kill films” from the movie, plus a competition-winning short in the same style; a 10-minute Making Of doc; and an audio commentary with director Ciarán Foy. Sarah Dobbs
Few surprises and even fewer scares
“…And in here are my dad’s old grot mags.”