Sinister 2

Featured In Issue 205, March 2016

WSR Score3
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Strong violence, blood and disturbing images, and language.
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Ciaran Foy
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In Sinister 2, mysterious found footage reveals a series of gruesome murders. In the aftermath of the shocking events of Sinister, a protective mother (Sossamon) and her nine-year-old twin sons (real life brothers Sloan) find themselves marked for death in a rural house as the evil spirit of Bughuul continues to spread with frightening intensity. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Ciaran Foy, the featurette Extended Kill Films (HD 21:28) and Time To Watch Another: Making Of Sinister 2 (HD 10:11), five deleted scenes (HD 09:22), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.41 1080p AVC picture exhibits a pleasing textured and natural appearance. The color palette is naturally hued with an earthy feel. Contrast is decent, with good black levels, but shadow delineation is often wanting. Fleshtones are naturally rendered and appear accurate. Resolution is excellent, with fine details exhibited in object textures, clothing, hair, and facial features. The movie-watching segments appear old and deteriorated, but that is the intention. Overall imagery is, however, clean. This is a generally effective visual experience that delivers the chills. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack features a deep, rumbly mixture of haunting sound effects and atmospherics designed to frighten. Atmospherics are nicely nuanced, and sound effects often burst out dynamically to deliver horror-centric dramatics. As such, the sonics at times are intensely loud and sharp with energized deep bass in the .1 LFE channel. The synthesizer music rumbles and lingers through, to support the eerie ambiance and nightmares. Dialogue is intelligible, and reverberation is used at times but is wanting in effectiveness. Overall, this is an effective soundtrack that immerses the viewer in the story. (Gary Reber)