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
As sequels go this was an OK effort. There are good actors, decent directing but everything is let down by a somewhat scattershot script. The main storyline with the custody battle worked for me but as the movie went along the whole horror thing took over and in the end it made little sense. It´s a shame that the movie didn´t end up better than it did. There is potential here, but clearly squandered.
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.
... I mean, why does this film even exist? What a waste of time. It doesn't even take its time building up any of the tension/horror (or any other thing for that matter), like the previous Sinister (which was good). One of the worst scripts I've ever seen: lazy and just kind of wants to scramble up all of the references from the first film whilst adding some silly bits of 'new' storyline to 'glue' them together.
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.
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.
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.
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.