By Jeffrey Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Creepy, disturbing horror film involves young characters.
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie seems to condone burning down houses and killing bad people to make things "right."
Positive Role Models
The deputy says he tries to "help people," and sometimes he does (talking with and listening to a child, helping protect a frightened family), but other times, his methods are extremely questionable (burning down houses).
Violence & Scariness
Creepy images of violent deaths (burning, electrocutions, freezing to death). Scene of people nailed to floor, topped with hot coals and eaten by rats. Heavy streams of blood. An abusive man shouts and forces kids to eat. Nightmare about abusive dad. Reference to man beating child in the past. Jump scares. Ghosts. Man beating another man with a rifle butt, punching, kicking. Boys playing with toy guns. Boys fighting, punching, with bloody nose. A boy's face melts and burns. A boy is hit by a truck. Brief allusion to a man touching a boy. A woman tries to punch a man; he grabs her fist. Other, brief, shocking images.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief scene of a man and woman kissing. A man says he's going to "f--k his wife."
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Occasional strong language, some spoken by kids, includes "f--k," "c--t," "p---y," "s--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole," "bastard," "hell," "goddamn," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Various brands briefly shown in a supermarket. Boys try to buy a box of Cocoa Pebbles.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink whisky while talking and get comically drunk. A character gulps whisky after being scared. Brief cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sinister 2 is the sequel to the hit horror movie Sinister, focusing on a character who had a minor role in the first film. Mature horror hounds may be ready for its strong violence -- including grisly deaths (for example, people are nailed to the floor, topped with hot coals and eaten by rats), pools and streams of blood, nightmare sequences, ghosts and jump scares, as well as an abusive father and fighting -- but it's far too intense for younger viewers. Much of the violence involves two young boys, and language is also an issue (characters, including the boys, use words like "f--k," "c--t," "s--t," and "p---y"). There's some kissing and a brief reference to sex, as well as a scene of two adults drinking too much while talking, plus some brief smoking,.
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What's the Story?
Following the events of Sinister, the former deputy with no name (James Ransone) has devoted himself to preventing ghostly torment from happening again. He discovers another haunted house and sets out to destroy it, but he's too late: A mom, Courtney Collins (Shannyn Sossamon), and her two boys, Dylan (Robert Daniel Sloan) and Zach (Dartanian Sloan), have moved in, hiding from the boys' abusive father, Clint (Lea Coco). As he learns more about the evil entity Bughuul, the deputy finds himself becoming attracted to Courtney and dealing with the real-world threat of the violent Clint. Meanwhile, Bughuul has begun manipulating one of the brothers with a handful of kid-ghosts, and he's falling right into the monster's trap.
Is It Any Good?
The original Sinister was a passable chiller, but the sequel feels more like a vague attempt to continue a lucrative franchise than to create anything truly compelling or spooky. The first film had Ethan Hawke in an interesting role as a struggling writer; the sequel has only Ransone as a likably flawed hero. Even if his motives and background aren't clear, he's brave and takes charge, but still vulnerable. The other characters are thinly written, including the villains.
The movie brings back the demon (deity? boogeyman?) Bughuul, presumably in an attempt to put a scary face to the Sinister franchise, but it doesn't seem to know who he is, what he wants, or what he does. Perhaps worse, director Ciaran Foy goes with the lazy tactic of adding loud, sudden, percussive bursts of noise for every ghost appearance; it's all routine shocks and no genuine atmosphere or terror. The only good part is the strange, discordant score by tomandandy.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Sinister 2's violence. How did the impact of the supernatural scenes compare to the real-world scenes of abuse? What's the impact of media violence on kids?
What makes the movie scary? Have you ever been scared of something in real life that was depicted in this movie?
The ex-deputy character says he tries to help people, but he also does a few questionable things. Is he an admirable character? Is he likable?
How is drinking depicted in this movie? Are there realistic consequences?
- In theaters: August 21, 2015
- On DVD or streaming: January 12, 2016
- Cast: Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone, Tate Ellington
- Director: Ciaran Foy
- Studio: Focus Features
- Genre: Horror
- Topics: Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Run time: 97 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: strong violence, bloody and disturbing images, and language
- Last updated: April 24, 2023
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