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.

2015 – Squee! or Sequelitis

Hollywood loves Marc. Well, Hollywood loves 50 year old Marc’s money and is willing to give him what he wanted when he was 15. Certainly I can hear critics bemoaning the lack of originality in 2015’s film slate but I am seriously excited.

Avengers Age of Ultron

I am looking forward to the conclusion of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit Trilogy (it seems more his than Tolkien’s at this point). I am not however excited by it. This holiday season has seen the release of trailers for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, and Star Wars Episode 7. I am VERY excited about all three of these. In fact by this time next year, I would expect to own the first two on Blu-ray and be just a short time from seeing the third in theaters.

Jurassic World

As if all of this were not enough of reliving my childhood, we get a brand new Mad Max film in May, a new Terminator film in July, and yet still another James Bond movie in November (this one with Christoph Waltz as Blofeld!). With these and others, my movie theater bill is going to be terrible next year.

Star Wars Force Awakens

On the other hand, I can see where original ideas may be completely squeezed out. In addition to the above, we have the following numbered sequels releasing next year: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Woman in Black 2, Taken 3, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Furious 7, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Pitch Perfect 2, Insidious 3, Ted 2, Sinister 2, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II, Hotel Transylvania 2, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2, Kung Fu Panda 3, Mission Impossible V, and Resident Evil 6.

Unnumbered sequels, continuations, remakes, and reboots include (but are certainly not limited to): Cinderella (live action), Paranormal Activitiy: The Ghost Dimension, Divergent: Insurgent, Entourage, The Transporter Legacy (without Statham boo!), Magic Mike XXL, Minions, Pan, Poltergeist, Point Break, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, Hitman Agent 47, London Has Fallen (sequel to Olympus Has Fallen), The Jungle Book, Vacation, Peanuts, and an untitled Friday the 13th sequel.

All of this makes 2015 exciting to me for the sheer comfort of returning to my childhood. I am sure there will be some original delights, diamonds in the rough but, regardless, I will be satisfied with all the bright, shiny things.