Parents' Guide to

Sinister 2

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Creepy, disturbing horror film involves young characters.

Movie R 2015 97 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 13+

Fine for mature 13 year olds

Sinister 2 is even more horrible than the first. But it’s ok for 13+
age 17+

Not as good as the original

There's some good stuff to be had here; the acting is fine, James Ransone reprising Deputy So and So is good as he was in the last one. It's fun to see him get more screen time in. Other than that, it loses a bit of the mystery that made the original a more fun watch. That, and it seems more gore focused than atmospheric. The two snuff films that creeped me out the most were probably the Christmas one with the parents being buried in snow. That would be terrifying and it seems to be the most realistic. And the last one being the church scene with the rats. But overall, the film is meh!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (16):

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.

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