How Bad is Sinister 2?

I have written the title and the beginning of this post prior to seeing the movie. I’ll change the title if I’m wrong. (I wasn’t wrong)

Sinister 2


Sinister 2 (2015) – Rated R

A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that’s marked for death.

I normally try not to prejudge movies but the original Sinister was just okay. It cost nothing to make so naturally made a ridiculous profit. It helped that indie darling Ethan Hawke was in it.

Along comes Sinister 2 with no Ethan Hawke and no advance reviews. Not only that but Fandango was giving buyers $5 concession cash to go see this. I guess the other thing which doesn’t give me hope is that all the latest horror gems have been independent and/or foreign features (The Babadook, It Follows) while the dreck have been quickie sequels (well some of them – The Pyramid and As Above So Below were not only terrible but wasted their locales).

Sinister 2 is director Ciaran Foy’s sophomore effort. His debut was with 2012’s flawed but fascinating horror movie, Citadel.. The writers are the same ones as Sinister, Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. These are Cargill’s only feature credits but Derrickson has written other horror (Deliver Us from Evil, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Hellraiser: Inferno, Urban Legends: Final Cut)

Sinister 2 promotes James Ransone’s (The Wire, Generation Kill) support character of Deputy in the first film to leading man here. The deputy might as well be named deputy doofus a la David Arquette in Scream. Shannyn Sossamon is Courtney Collins, our struggling mother of twins. They gave her an absolutely hilarious movie job – she is an antique furniture restorer. It is portrayed as believably as it sounds.

Well, the first two acts were just meh. The main flaw is that all the characters are quite unpleasant or horror movie stupid. There is a scene in the film that is really nonsensical and only serves to sideline a character to serve the plot. Oh and to stupidly set up the obligatory stinger.

The third act is indeed as stupid as feared. Honestly the first two acts should have been edited down to one act. The real second act is completely missing – you’ll know what I mean when you say “huh? what the heck?” When the third act starts. I’m guessing the parts leading up to the third act jump may have been filmed but looked ludicrous and were deleted. One characters fate will have you scratching your head.
Sinister 2 is indeed terrible but I thank them for the grub and the hour and a half in a darkened theater.

Friday This ‘n’ That – The Sinister Fandango

“A bad day at the movies beats a good day at work” – Kevin Smith

I have a really wonderful life but I’m an introvert and periodically I need alone time to recharge my batteries. Usually I get a day a week which is great but it’s been several weeks so I’m a little antsy. Thankfully, today is my day off.

As much as I’ve made my home into a theater, I still get a real sense of comfort from going to the movies in an actual theater. I’m not sure why that is. Perhaps I should work harder on making a cozier theater.


I normally only use Fandango with special offers as they charge that pesky customer fee on every transaction, even on their own promotions (EXCEPT for you lucky AMC Stubs members, I’d sure like it if Regal Crown Club would follow suit). Well, they are currently offering a $5 concession gift card with purchase of a ticket to Sinister 2.

Sinister 2

Apparently I’ll go see a bad movie if you offer me FREE grub to go with it. Woohoo! Mini corn dogs ($5.50) for dinner! And a drink from my Regal Crown Club card! Maybe it won’t be so bad. I’ll probably go see a second film with my soda refill.

FREE Movie Tickets – Dracula Untold, Fury, Penguins of Madagascar

Yay! After quite a dry spell, it looks like the FREE movie offers are coming back.

Dracula Untold

At Wal-Mart, they have an endcap of Universal horror DVDs and Blu-Rays that have $7.50 movie money for Dracula Untold. This includes classic titles such as The Complete Frankenstein Legacy Collection as well as more modern fare such as the Brendan Fraser Mummy series. It is Fandango movie money so caveat emptor.


Fandango is offering a Buy One, Get One FREE deal on Fury. You have to go to one of the theaters that supports Fandango ticketing and pay their pesky fee but still a nice deal. AMC Stubs members have the ticket fee waived.

Penguins of Madagascar

Fox is re-releasing a bunch of its animated titles on October 21st. These will have movie money for the new Penguins of Madagascar film. Titles include: Kung Fu Panda 1 & 2, Madagascar 1 & 2, Shrek, Rise of the Guardians, and Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron.

* AMC Theaters have a coupon for a $1 large popcorn if you sign up on their Facebook page.

* Closer to Christmas, Warner will be rereleasing all of their Tolkien titles with movie money for the final Hobbit movie.

It Must be Summer – FREE Movies are Everywhere!


I am still eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch from their movie promotion. I’ve had to debox a bunch of them to redeem for tickets and I should be through with the cereal sometime in the fall. I no longer see this promo in stores so here are some others:

* Fandango has a buy one get one FREE ticket promotion if you use a Visa Signature card and purchase a Friday movie ticket. “+1 Movie Fridays” is good until August 2nd but you are limited to one FREE ticket a month so start early.

* Disney Movie Rewards periodically offers $10 in Hollywood Movie Money (good at most theaters) for 425 points. You just have to catch it in stock – limit four redemptions per household and use it on a Disney movie.

* Best Buy has a display of $9.99 Blu-Rays with $8 in Fandango cash to see Fast & Furious 6. Titles includes the Fast & Furious series (Fast & Furious 5 is more than $9.99), the Bounre series, Pitch Black, Doom, Chronicles of Riddick, Scarface, King Kong, and Smokey and the Bandit.


* Best Buy also has a display of kids movies with up to $8 to see Epic. Titles include the Ice Age series, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and a Night at the Museum. Unfortunately they are not $9.99 but $11.99-$13.99. Maybe Best Buy will run a sale the week before premiere.

Monsters University

* FREE tickets to Monsters University are available by entering your code from the blu-ray packs of Monsters, Inc or Finding Nemo.

Star Trek: Into Darkness

* Starting next week (which is odd because it opens this week), Best Buy will run a promotion where if you pre-order the blu-ray of Star Trek: Into Darkness, they will give you $8 to go see it now.