Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sinister 2 (2015)

Pengarah: Ciaran Foy
Pelakon: Shannyn Sossamon, Jaden Klein, Lucas Jade Zumann, Laila Haley, James Ransone, Tate Ellington
Tarikh tayang: 27 Ogos 2015
Pengedar: TGV Pictures


I'm a huge horror fan and like to get myself terrified once in awhile. Be it from Hollywood or the rest of the world, sequels or prequels, I'll try my best to watch them all. To me, horror sequels are a mixed bag, either you get a unique take creating a richer mythos from the original or a half-baked attempt by a studio to milk its hopeful franchise dry. Sinister 2 tries hard to be the former by drawing inspirations from Children Of The Corn and The Shining, yet it still comes out feeling generic. The plot; after the murder of author Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) and his family, Deputy So & So (James Ransone) from the first movie, picks up where Oswalt left off to solve the mysterious murders. The demon known as Bughuul has set his sight on the twin sons of single mom Courtney (Shannyn Sossamon), who are all living in a decrepit farmhouse, formerly a grisly murder site that was under the influence of Bughuul. Less is more and less is scarier. But this time, the boogeyman who likes to watch from the shadows is all over the place. Sinister’s home movies were incredibly creepy and nightmarish because it involved simple everyday tools. However here, the newer snuff films really dials up the GORE (almost entering torture porn territory) factor but I find them too elaborate, almost inconceivable for a child to carry them out. Bughuul’s “children” a.k.a. the ghosts of his past victims, are more border-line campy than intimidating. James Ransone himself suits more the role of side-kick than a leading man. He keeps channeling that Deputy Dewey/Frank Drebin persona whenever he appears. Sinister 2, on its own merit, is a decent horror movie sequel that attempts to one-up its predecessor in terms of scariness and human drama alike, but is less successful on both counts. I walked out of the cinema feeling mildly satisfied, but not terrified. I wonder if Bughuul would make another Super 8 home movie after this.

SKOR: 7/10

Aidil Lacroix

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