Taglines: Be careful. Children at play.
In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of Wayward Pines) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death.
Sinister 2 (also stylized as Sinister II) is an American supernatural horror film directed by Ciaran Foy and written by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. The sequel to the 2012 film Sinister, the film stars James Ransone, reprising his role from the original film, and Shannyn Sossamon as a mother whose sons are tormented by the ghostly children taken by Bughuul at their rural farmhouse. The film premiered in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, on August 21, 2015, and released everywhere on August 28, 2015. The film has grossed over $53 million against its reported budget of $10 million.
About the Story
The film opens with a family being hung up like scarecrows in a corn field with sacks over their heads and burned alive. It is revealed to be the nightmare of nine-year-old Dylan Collins, who is staying in a rural farmhouse with his twin brother Zach, and their mother Courtney (Shannyn Sossamon).
Dylan is visited nightly by a group of ghostly children, led by a boy named Milo, who force him to watch “home movies” of families being murdered in various savage ways; decapitated and eaten alive by alligators (“Fishing Trip”), electrocuted in a puddle of water on a kitchen floor (“Kitchen Remodel”), buried alive in the snow on Christmas Day (“Christmas Morning”) and strapped to chairs with their mouths forced open and having their teeth mutilated with drills (“Dentist Appointment”).
Meanwhile, Deputy So & So from the first film, who investigated the Ellison Oswalt case, is independently researching the murders connected to Bughuul, and is burning down the homes where each murder took place before another family can move into them. He arrives at the farmhouse to destroy it, but is interrupted when he realizes Courtney and her sons are living there. Courtney tells him to leave because she thinks he is working with her estranged husband, who we later find out is abusive. He convinces her otherwise and tells Courtney he is a private investigator, and she allows him to investigate an abandoned church on the property where a gruesome murder took place.
Courtney invites So & So to stay at the farmhouse, and the two develop a budding romance. Zach becomes jealous of the ghostly children who visit Dylan, and insists on having their attention. They show Dylan the video of the murders which took place in the church: a family was nailed to the floor and had rats burrow through their abdomens, causing them to bleed to death (“Sunday Service”). After Dylan refuses to watch another, the children turn their attention to Zach (their plan all along was to make Zach jealous so he is more susceptible to Bughuul).
Zack and Dylan’s father shows up at the farmhouse with police to try and take the boys but leaves after So & So threatens them. Courtney wants to leave with the boys but So & So advises Courtney not to leave the farmhouse, knowing that each of the murders connected to Bughuul occurred only after the families had fled the homes where the previous murders had occurred.
So & So meets with a professor who has come into possession of a ham radio that belonged to Professor Jonas from the previous film, who was in contact with Ellison Oswalt and has mysteriously disappeared. Courtney’s abusive husband, Clint, arrives with the custody warrants he was lacking before and Courtney is coerced into leaving with Zach and Dylan.
After finding the farmhouse empty, So & So drives to Clint’s home to warn them about the danger, but Clint assaults him and threatens him with a gun, telling him if he ever comes back he (Clint) will shoot So & So. The next day, Zach, as directed by Milo and the children, films his family from afar. After realizing he and his family has been poisoned, Dylan contacts So & So for help.
Directed by: Ciarán Foy
Starring: Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone, Nicholas King, Tate Ellington, Lucas Jade Zumann, Olivia Rainey, Caden M. Fritz, Delphine Pontvieux
Screenplay by: Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill
Production Design by: Bill Boes
Cinematography by: Amy Vincent
Film Editing by: Timothy Alverson, Ken Blackwell, Michael Trent
Costume Design by: Stephani Lewis
Set Decoration by: Erika Hood, Larry Lundy
Music by: tomandandy
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, bloody and disturbing images, and language.
Studio: Focus Features
Release Date: August 21, 2015