Like its fellow Blumhouse Productions micro-budget hits Insidious and Paranormal Activity, 2012’s Sinister was a commercial success and was (fairly) well-received by critics. Thus, Sinister 2 was quickly greenlit, with a screenplay by the original film’s director Scott Derrickson and co-writer C. Robert Cargill to be directedy by Ciaran Foy (Citadel).
With Sinister 2 set to hit theaters in August 2015, we now have our first look at the movie in a brief and ominous trailer teaser, which you can watch above.
Starring Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight’s Tale) as a mother who moves her twin sons into the house containing the demon Bughuul, Sinister 2 also brings back the character of “Deputy So-And-So,” a well-meaning local deputy played by James Ransome. The deputy was a standout element in his scenes with the original film’s star Ethan Hawke, who, as has-been true crime writer Ellison Oswalt, moved his family into a house which had been the scene of a gruesome hanging in order to investigate the case and jump-start his career.
Naturally, it all ended in tears. And if the teaser for Sinister 2 is any indication, the sequel is bound to be just as grim. This time around, the demon-possessed children are targeting Sossamon and her boys, who have moved into the house where Bughuul seems to have originated. Given the pattern of the killings laid out in the first movie, there are a few question marks hovering around how and why the family is haunted and just where Deputy So-and-So fits in.
Still, for all its flaws – chief among them the tendency to fall back on jump scares – Sinister was another solid horror entry from Blumhouse, and along with films like the Insidious series and The Conjuring, helped move the genre away from the torture porn titles which were passing for horror in the mid-2000s and the stale found-footage gimmick which has long since worn out its welcome.
Sinister 2 may not have Derrickson back at the helm – he’s probably a little busy prepping Doctor Strange for Marvel – but he and returning co-writer Cargill crafted a sharp story the first time around, so fans can look forward to a strong script for director Foy to make his own. While we still don’t have much to go on plot-wise, expect more details to emerge when the full-length trailer debuts.
Sinister 2 will open in theaters on August 21, 2015.