Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Sinister 2 (Universal Blu-ray)

I was not a fan of Sinister. I adored the film clip within the movie and thought it was very effective. It gave me the creeps. The actual movie just couldn’t hold my attention and felt like a great long trail of bread crumbs that led nowhere. I’ve tried to rewatch it, but the only thing I’ve consistently gotten out of it was that film clip within the movie itself. Sinister 2 is coming out from Universal, and while I was initially very skeptical of this release, I was wowed. Sinister 2 got under my skin and fixed some of the narrative issue that bothered me through the first film.

What worked for me in Sinister 2? More films. They simply used more films to convey the story which meant more of what I actually enjoyed about the first movie. Super eerie, realistic images of Horror that were shot on film or made to look like they were shot on film. I enjoyed the characters and the somewhat more lighthearted tone. The original Sinister was consistently dark without an element of fun to be found. I was able to find the mystery of the actual legend and lore behind the films and murders to be compelling even though it was perhaps a bit obvious.

It’s not without its flaws but as a whole Sinister 2 works. It may not be the true creep out that fans of the original movie would have enjoyed, but as I’ve said, I was not a fan of the original movie. That meant that this release was a fresh start for me and has me prepared to enjoy a Sinister 3.

The disc looks great in HD and comes with a commentary track, making of featurette and deleted scenes.

You can order Sinister 2 now:

From Universal

Mysterious found footage reveals a series of gruesome murders in Sinister 2, the chilling sequel to the sleeper horror hit available on Digital HD on December 22, 2015, and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on January 12, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The latest heart-stopping tale from series co-creators and screenwriters C. Robert Cargill & Scott Derrickson (who directed the first installment), producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse (Insidious, The Purge) and director Ciarán Foy (Citadel), Sinister 2 on Blu-ray and DVD is packed with bonus features including filmmaker commentary, a peek behind the camera and deleted scenes that raise the fear factor to unprecedented heights.

In the aftermath of the shocking events of Sinister, a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of Wayward Pines) and her nine-year-old twin sons (real-life brothers Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves marked for death in a rural house as the evil spirit of Bughuul continues to spread with frightening intensity.

•           Extended Kill Films

•           Deleted Scenes
•           Time to Watch Another: Making of Sinister 2 – In this behind-the-scenes featurette, filmmakers discuss how they built the new story upon the first film and brought back “Deputy So & So” to continue the hunt for Bughuul.

•           Feature Commentary with Director Ciarán Foy 

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