All that's wrong with most contemporary commercial horror films is here. A massive reliance on the literary, with the cinematic elements appearing to be an afterthought. Dependent on awfully predictable jump scares to create its "horror". Scenes never deliver, though they don't display much potential to start with, and it shies away from the almost decent 8mm clips to focus on a very poorly developed family drama.
Builds to something worthwhile during the climax, but the constant ping-ponging between a custody battle and the supernatural does get to be a bit jarring and annoying, especially when the drama is this contrived. It almost feels like an episode of "General Hospital" with some paranormalities thrown in for a plot twist. Nonetheless, don't let that undercut James Ransone, who is damn near terrific here.
The 8mm footage is really great, the rest not so much - the main actor dude is not very good, and the jump scares are pretty dumb. The story is just about plausible (they have to watch the films or Bhughul will be angry?) but the custody thing as a way to make the family leave their house is clever. I wish it'd mean something more though, about family etc, especially since the violent dad stuff actually is affecting.
While it's nearly impossible for me to differentiate between Bughuul and the plastic Michael Jackson bodysuit from Scary Movie 3, Sinister 2 is nonetheless an immersive and, dare I admit it, satisfyingly chilling experience.
As can be determined from my previous reviews, I am EASY AF when it comes to horror films. Didn't see the first Sinister movie, didn't know what I was getting myself into. With the exception of a few moments near the end, nothing was too cheesy for me. Also I found the use of found footage within a horror film (as opposed to an entire horror film being composed of found footage) refreshing.
In comparison with the first installment in the franchise, there were definite similarities, such as the 16mm found footage sequences. They are an integral part of how these movies unfold and I find it to be unique and apart from the pack, so to speak. In a general sense, there weren't many "jump moments", but strong acting and story took the spot of unnecessary horror placed for the sake of scaring an audience.
La trama non ha molto mordente, essendo troppo diluita e simile al primo. Inoltre la relazione fra i due adulti è stucchevole e inutile. Carini gli omicidi. Parte finale fin troppo carica e scena di chiusura ridicola. La regia costruisce un racconto senza verve che riesce a spaventare solo con i jumpscares. Alcune sequenze gradevoli. Ritmo troppo lento e non visibile un grande impegno. I personaggi non sono ben fatti