After Sinister burst off of the screen to scare audiences in 2012 it was no surprise that they announced a follow up. Now Bughuul is back for the aptly titled Sinsiter 2, but can it capture the same horror it delivered on film the first time around or will it be a waste of film?
Sinister 2 follows a young mother and her twin sons who movie into a rural house while trying to avoid their past. When a stranger comes investigating a murder that occurred on the property it is quickly learned that the they may be marked for death by the sinister Bughuul. This latest entry takes the story in a bit of a different direction while keeping it connected to the original film within the story and the deputy played by James Ransone from the original film. This is a smart decision as most films like this end up just rehashing the exact same story and with one like this would have worked just fine, but they opted to attempt to evolve it. This did make for an interesting film, but at the same time tamed it a bit more than you might like. The first had that gritty dark tone that is lost here as they allow the viewer inside what actually happens leading up to the videos. This gave it a bit of a hokey twist while still working well and making you feel like you were getting something fresh from the franchise. While this aspect essentially took away the creepy nature of it all, it still made for a good entry into the series and allowed it to expand the legend of Bughuul further. While the film works well there are some issues with some of the performances most notably Ransone who seems to be playing it up a little more over the top than necessary. Thankfully they did keep the film aspect intact and stepped up the kills here with some clever and cool new sequences with some almost cringe worthy.
This is one of those follow ups that deserves the props for trying to step it up and do something different even though it doesn’t work as perfect as you might want. The gritty tone of the series is lost and lacks much in the way of scares, but fans do get better shots at Bughuul which is cool, but might lose some that enjoy the distorted images of the original. If you like the original film then you will likely enjoy this one as well and hopefully this will not be the last we see of this creepy cool killer.
In addition to the film this release includes numerous bonus features including deleted scenes, commentary, extended kill films and a behind the scenes featurette. Prepare for the return of Bughuul when Sinister 2 hits Blu-ray and DVD on January 12th as well as available now on Digital HD from Universal Home Entertainment.