Saturday, April 16, 2016

SINISTER 2 (2015)

Directed By: Ciaran Foy 
Written By & Based on characters created by: Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill  
Cinematography By: Amy Vincent Editor: Timothy Alverson, Ken Blackwell & Michael Trent 

Cast: James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Sloan, Dartanian Sloan, Lea Coco, Tate Ellington, John Beasely

Following the events from the first film, a different family; a mother and her 2 sons move into a rural house that's marked for death. When the deputy from the first film learns that this family is next in line to fall to the demon Bhughul, he races before time to stop it and save them from the same fate.

I can admit I wasn't the biggest fan of the first film, but thought it was good enough. At least it had a creepy vibe and some original elements. Here this film seems almost like a CHILDREN OF THE CORN sequel. Just transferred to another franchise. Only this time we get to see it a little more from the kids point of view. Or at least this feels like an homage to the storyline. Including taking place in a cornfield.

I really had no interest In The sequel. To tell the truth the only reason I did end up watching it is because I am a fan of Shannyn Sossamon. She is also one of the only recognizable and frankly biggest names in the cast. Which is also never good sign going into a sequel

As with sequels you can't have the original stars return for the film picks up with a supporting character form the first film in the lead. James Ransone another actor who I am a fan of.

The actors work with that they are given. Which is not much. As In this film the main monster from the first film is around but seems like he can only be bothered to put in more of a cameo as this time more ghost children are in charge of the scares and influence.

This has one of the most shocking deaths I have seen in a film as it just seems overly cruel, yet understandable within the story line.

Continues the theme of eerie found footage, but uses older mediums than just super 8 film this time, like vinyl records, radio signals and 16mm film.

The film has deaths and gore. Though more through the watching of the home movies as other than that there are only two deaths of characters. One the film wants us to root for as they are an evil character out and out. Not because of some possession. Just naturally. The other as it is part of their fate as they accepted and were weak.

The film also seems to find a cliche and force it into the ground throughout. As with the absence of actual horror or any really chills or thrills. The film is filled with jump scares. That are effective, but get annoying after awhile.

The problem with the film is that you know where it it going throughout and it makes not attempt to change direction or fool you. So that it is not only predictable, but also dull. As it just seems to go through the motions. Like an amusement park ride you have ridden many times as a kid and was exciting, but now that you are older and used to it. It is hair routine. Maybe it might be fun if you have someone with you. Who has no experience with it and you can try to see it through their eyes. Which means it might be stronger seeing it in a theater. Watching it here and now. It just is boring and tired.

Surprisingly the film is written by the original writers and director of the first film. Who have both gone onto bigger and better, but obviously wanted to not put their eggs in one basket and have a franchise of their own. I only wish they would have kept the story going in a similarly original way

Grade: F

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