Sinister 2

DVD Rating: ****1/2

Reviewed by: Jennie Kermode

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Sinister 2

A multi-layered mystery that deserves to be watched several times, Sinister 2 is a great addition to any horror lover's DVD collection. Its focus on home movies means the small screen is in many ways its natural environment. Just make sur your kids are in bed before you turn it on.

This DVD comes with a great set of extras. All the deleted scenes are good quality, though in most cases it's clear why they've been cut. It's also intriguing. Where most films choose to add in more by way of explanation and simplification during the production process, just in case viewers can't follow what's going on, in the case of Sinister 2 the more heavy-handed stuff has deliberately been stripped away, making the audience work harder.

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The Making Of film is fairly straightforward but includes its fair share of interesting anecdotes and some impressive audition footage featuring the boys in the lead child roles. As you'd expect, there's also a look at how some of the special effects were created. This is the least sinister thing about the package, with one of the film's most gruesome moments explained with the assistance of a stunt rat who can't help but look cute.

At the other end of the spectrum are the kill films. In the story, one has to watch all of these to become the property of the demon Bughuul. Unlike the deleted scenes, which can be run as a sequence, these films have to be clicked on individually, so the viewer has to make a deliberate decision to watch them all. Will you be brave enough to do so? Would closing your eyes for a few seconds be enough to keep you safe? It's up to you to find out.

If you make it through all this, there's one more film. It takes a special kind of nerve to invite viewers to go off and make their own kill films, but that's what the makers of the original Sinister did - without any unfortunate consequences, as far as we know - and you can see the winner of their competition here. It's short and simple but very much in the style of those featured in the film, and it brings us full circle back to the questions about childhood innocence on which the whole story is founded.

Reviewed on: 25 Dec 2015
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The former police deputy from Sinister tries to hunt down and end the evil that killed his friend, and finds a family in danger.

Product Code: B013X00LB6

Region: 2

Extras: Deleted scenes; extended kill films; Time To Watch Another: The Making Of Sinister 2; #SinisterHomeMovie

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