For some strange reason people are under the impression that Sinister is a good horror film. Especially in relation to it's sequel. And I have to admit when I first heard about it I was fooled as well. Not that it was bad, it simply did not deliver what I had hoped for. But read my review on this why I think that. The only reason why I even bothered to watch this sequel was to make sure if I wasn't missing out on unexpected horror goodness.
I am pretty sure though after having watched Sinister 2 that this film is better left alone. Like the first one this features the creepy looking Michael Jackson wannabe who has a thing for kids. Wait, what??? Seriously I am not kidding. At times I could swear that they did their best to make the monster look like him. But to be fair in the original Sinister the boogieman looked a little differently. (You know if I would be the paranoid type I would suspect involvement from The Illuminati behind this franchise. And that the creature looks like the king of pop to mock us. But surely that would be too far fetched wouldn't it? Nah, who am I kidding. I am paranoid and yes whatever sinister theory you can think of there just might be some truth to that. And it would explain the title as well. You don't fool me greedy and very evil powers that be !) Sorry got sidetracked for a moment there. Back to business.
Creepy Super 8 footage also makes a return only the little home movies are far less creepy and creative as in the original. Actually the creepiness factor is toned down considerably. The original Sinister was devoid of dread and terror as well but at least it did contain some eeriness. Here even the darker bits fail to make an kind of impression whatsoever. To make matters worse there is no real mystery anymore. No puzzle that needs solving. No facts that need to be checked and rechecked. No attempt of making us rethink about the previous events. Nothing to make this sequel even slightly different from it's predecessor. In fact it continually spoils everything by spelling out everything to the audience. Obviously director Ciarán Foy is not getting it. He fails to grasp the basics of good horror. Important is to know when to show and not to show. When to tell and not to tell. It is the balance of these elements that could make all the difference. And Foy always get this wrong. He shows and tells too much. In the original you weren't quite sure if the monster was real. If the mind was playing tricks on you. Here you will have to accept he is real. I hope I don't need to tell you that this takes the fun right out of it. Pretending and imagining all the possibilities is what makes and keeps you invested. None of events and the people involved bring to the table to do so. Even the kid actors looked like they rather wanted be somewhere else.
Sometimes I wonder why I even bother. Why do I remain to be so optimistic about young and new film makers? Well, because once in a while they do bring that spark of creativity. That freshness that reminds you why you love movies in the first place. Sadly none of that here. Sinister 2 is a total waste of your time and has no redeeming factors at all.