Me and horror movies, like I even have to say it. When the first Sinister movie came out, I had no idea what I was getting into. In a way, the first entry of almost all movies are just so original, it seems impossible to top it. I felt like the other Ethan Hawke horror movie, The Purge, did a better job of this than Sinister. The story continues with the deputy from the first movie having left his job with the force and doing private investigation, researching the horror when he has free time. In some ways, it is impressive that he’s figured out a great deal of the mystery, yet the trouble lies with his inability to find a viable solution. Once he finds the homes, there is no clear answer as to what to do next.
Horror movies can be a tough sell. Jump scares (things that take you by surprise) are easy enough. To tell a story that leaves the viewer flummoxed is far more challenging. This movie had the chance to do the latter. It did not. The Paranormal Activity movies vary from this sort of movie by adding to the lore and giving the viewer more to digest. Those movies aren’t done perfectly and some of the sequels have been a complete and utter waste of my time. This sequel to Sinister falls somewhere in the middle. The deputy is able to unearth some new truth, but it also leaves much of the story untouched. It is hard to suspend disbelief and not believe that the deputy couldn’t have found someone to help him diagnose the larger issue. I would say this is worth a matinee price, not an evening price. It kept me diverted for a little bit, but didn’t do as much as it could have.