Sinister 2 is not suitable for family viewing. As compared to the original, Sinister 2 has everything in excess. The violence depicted is appalling. The horror flick stars James Ransone and Shannyn Sossamon and is directed by Ciaran Foy. Sinister was another story of a creepy old house and a family in peril.
The sequel has thankfully stepped out of the template of the original Sinister (2012) with a new family and its dynamics. Nonetheless, it is the same old wine, the ancient spirit who reminds one of character rising from a haunted house. The setting looks spooky, and the depiction of death is truly grisly.
Sinister featured the unimpressive deputy sheriff played by James Ransone, who failed to save the Oswalt family, is back in the sequel in an expanded role. The new family is now a mother fleeing her obnoxious husband with her two sons in tow. The now ex-deputy who is now a private eye bump into the mother by accident. The mother and kids are hiding in the old farm house when he arrives to burn down the house with a flaming gas torch. He wants to prevent another episode of killing.
The plot is twisted and convoluted to the extent of causing paranoia. The twists involve Zach, the other son played by Dartanian Sloan, who carries out the evil genie‘s gory and murderous plan with finesse. Shannyn Sossamon is good in her portrayal of an ineffectual mom Courtney, but the role did not have much for her to show other than a mawkish distraught damsel sort of role Ransone is perfect in his portrayal of edgy ex-deputy.
Robert Daniel Sloan looks tailor-made for the role of the tormented Dylan while Lea Coco looks at home in his role as the abusive Dad and evokes revulsion and apathy in the same measure.
There are plenty of instances which can give you goose bumps, but the storyline is weak and predictable. Director Ciaran Foy does try to do a reasonable job to horrify though he never really engages the audience.