It’s been awhile since I sat down and checked out something new, but I hope you guys have been enjoying the Love/Hate podcast that my partner and I have been doing the last few weeks! Anyways, thanks for your patience, and here’s a new review for you. Time for Sinister 2, I guess.
A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that’s marked for death.
Well, it’s the sequel to a movie that I actually kind of enjoyed, so that means that it’s probably going to be just as good. Right? RIGHT? NO.
The first one of these movies wasn’t great, but it had enough to it that it was an easy and enjoyable watch. I think I’ve recommended it as a solid date-night movie, and I stand by that recommendation.
So, now we’re onto the sequel, and it’s some time after the events of the first. This movie is tangentially held to the other one by the hilariously awkward cop from the first movie, and of course by the Slipknot demon and his army of ghost children. The other thing that this shares with the previous movie is that the short films featured in the movie are substantially more interesting than what is actually going on within the movie.
These little vignettes that feature the deaths of the families of the ghost children are actually pretty grim and disturbing, and the film maker seems to know that these are what the original movie really had going for it, because this time around, they have included even more than in the first movie. They are well shot, stylistic and pretty disturbing, and they really are the part of the movie that works the best. The unfortunate thing is, the rest of the movie suffers and they don’t really make it worth checking out. I’m sure they’ll be on YouTube before you know it, and I do recommend checking them out when you can.
Missing Ethan Hawke is not something I ever thought I would spend a movie doing, but here we are, and I miss him. The lead in the movie is James Ransone, from the first movie, reviving his character “Deputy So-And-So” (yes, that’s how he is credited in the movie…), and he’s not terribly interesting. The child actors in the movie play a pretty huge part as well, and there is a clear sense that there was an attempt to make the child ghosts larger characters in the movie and none of the kids are cast especially well. Also disappointing, there is no return for Ethan Hawke’s daughter, and we never see her “tape” of his death. This was glaringly missing, even from the beginning of the movie, to tie the two together. Deputy So-And-So mentions that family once, and that seems to be it as far as reference goes.
Usually when I don’t like a movie, there’s really a lot that I can say about it. This movie is just really unremarkable and offers me no ammunition at all. Somehow, that’s even worse than if it had been genuinely awful and impossible to watch. Instead, it’s a well shot movie, with nothing to offer, and nothing interesting besides a handful of short films. It’s not particularly scary, and it doesn’t have any kind of spectacular performances at all.
If there’s one moment that really sums up why this movie isn’t any good, it’s a conversation between Deputy So-and-So, and Dr. Stomberg where DSAS says “So, what? Are you the new Professor Jonas?”, which was Vincent D’Onofrio’s character from the first movie. It’s such a stupid joke (if it’s even a joke), and played straight, but it almost feels like the entire movie is winking at you.
So, if you want to check this out because you need to complete the movies, then knock yourself out. Just be ready for something bland, and not nearly as watchable as the first one. Not a strong one.