R.I.P. Mr. Boogie; we barely knew you.
While Blumhouse-back horror franchise like Paranormal Activity, The Purge, and Insidious have dominated the horror landscape of the 21st Century, the Sinister series withered and died on the vine after 2 measly installments. It’s a shame, in my opinion; though Paranormal Activity and Insidious delivered plenty of supernatural thrills, Sinister had intriguing angles, like cursed snuff films and a haunted projector, creepy kids, and one of the most potentially iconic villains in horror history: The pre-Sumerian creeper Bughuul aka Mr. Boogie (played in both films by Nicholas King).
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So why did Sinister die while its contemporaries thrived? The folks at Looper have put together a video essay that’s a must watch for fans of the franchise many believe never got a fair shake. Have a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section. Were you a fan of the Sinister franchise? Do you agree it’s a damn shame the series has been abandoned? Let’s discuss!
If you can’t stream, the real reasons we never got a 3rd Sinister movie are listed and briefly summarized below the video. Enjoy!
Warning: Below There Be Spoilers!
Official Synopsis: Sinister is one of the better big-budget horror movies in recent memory, and nobody was surprised when this Blumhouse film got the sequel treatment in 2015. But since then, there hasn’t been so much as a whisper about a third chapter. Instead, it looks like the whole Sinister series has been abandoned in favor of other franchises. Why does sequel-happy Hollywood want nothing more to do with Bughuul and his box of haunted videos? Let’s roll the tape…
Sinister 2 didn’t make enough cash: Jason Blum was blunt when he told a crowd on Facebook, “Not enough people went to see Sinister 2 to make Sinister 3, which is really sad.” Agreed. The first Sinister made $77M on a $3M budget; Sinister 2 only made $52M from a budget of $10M. While it certainly didn’t do as well as its predecessor, it’s crazy that Hollywood considers a film that more than quadrupled its budget a failure.
Critics tore the second film apart: Sinister 2 maintains a pathetic 13% Freshness Rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a fact that may be preventing potential fans from giving the sequel a serious look-see.
The sequel botched the best part: Many fans felt like the “snuff movies” in Sinister 2 lacked that unsettling, voyeuristic vibe that made the first film so chilling.
They killed the premise — and the whole cast: According to Looper, both Sinister movies conclude with the deaths of just about every main character, making follow-up difficult. Hmm… didn’t seem to be a problem for franchises that regularly eliminate their lead cast—like Friday the 13th and a Nightmare on Elm Street.
The monster is a bore: Obviously, I strongly disagree, but horror movie fans felt Mr. Boogie was too subtle to hang with other genre heavyweights. In the 21st Century, we’re more enthralled by the complex psychology of damaged psychopaths than a mute, ancient demon who plays with kids.
The original director has moved on: Following the success of Dr. Strange, original Sinister director Scott Derrickson has been inundated with offers to direct big budget, major studio projects. He has no interest in taking a step back to revisit an indie horror flick.
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Peep the trailers and synopses for Sinister and Sinister 2 below.
Official Synopsis: True-crime writer Ellison Oswald (Ethan Hawke) is in a slump; he hasn’t had a best seller in more than 10 years and is becoming increasingly desperate for a hit. So, when he discovers the existence of a snuff film showing the deaths of a family, he vows to solve the mystery. He moves his own family into the victims’ home and gets to work. However, when old film footage and other clues hint at the presence of a supernatural force, Ellison learns that living in the house may be fatal.
Official Synopsis: Hiding from her abusive, estranged husband, Courtney Collins lives in a rural house with her 9-year-old twins, Dylan and Zach. Young Dylan receives nightly visits from ghoulish kids who show him disturbing images of families being slaughtered. It’s all part of the grand plan of Bughuul, the evil spirit who recruits innocent children to murder their loved ones. The only hope for his intended new victims may be a former deputy who’s familiar with Bughuul’s fiendish work from the past.
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