Sinister 2 (review) released Friday, August 21 in theaters across the United States. This follow up to the wildly popular and well reviewed Sinister from 2012 has been eagerly anticipated, though there has always been a suspicion that the sequel was going to be lacking the magic of the first due to the fact that any unknowns from the first that built suspense are already known now, and the unfortunate reality that the Ethan Hawke character from the first is now dead. For those not up on what happened in the first film, you’ve got a couple of choices: you can read the spoiler-free review of Sinister here, or you can read the Spoiler: Sinister Explained article here that gives a complete blow by blow of everything that happened in the movie, with full reveals and spoilers.
What follows here is a full accounting of what happens in Sinister 2, from beginning to end with all details and happenings intact. There is nothing left out, and even the individual death films made by the murder children are described and detailed. If you want to know everything that happens in this film including all spoilers, read on. If you do not want to have the entire movie spoiled for you, do not read this article. Go instead to the Sinister 2 review here, and go watch the film for yourself… then come back here and see how we did spoiling it.
Warning!!! Sinister 2 Spoilers Below!
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Okay, now that that’s out of the way, we can continue with the full spoilers of Sinister 2, with no detail left out and no stone unturned…
Sinister 2 begins with a scene showing a young boy having some troubles with his open closet while he’s trying to sleep. The wire hangers start to move around and clank together, and one time when the boy (we find out later his name is Dylan) looks up he sees the face of Bughuul peering out of the closet. Dylan hides his head under the covers, and when he comes out there is a demon/ghost child in his bed with him staring him in the eye. He jumps out of bed and the ghost child is gone.
Courtney Collins, mother of Dylan and his twin brother Zach, is shopping at a local supermarket the next day while her boys are having toy gun fights through the aisles. We see some clues during the exchange between the boys that Dylan is the more docile one of the pair, and Zach is the more aggressive and bullying. When Courtney notices a strange man who seems to be watching her, she becomes somewhat alarmed and begins changing the pattern of her aisle surfing. In front of the frozen vegetable section she sees the man again, and he snaps her picture with his iPhone as he walks by. Now she definitely knows something strange is afoot and asks her boys “what do you do when I say Rutabaga?” and they respond in unison “run!” Well Rutabaga it is, and the family takes off. The strange guy tries to stop them, but Courtney tells the store security guard that the man behind her tried to touch one of her boys, and he detains the man long enough for the family to escape.
Once back at home, after having a bit of an uncomfortable exchange with Dylan who is very freaked out by the whole “fleeing the supermarket” thing, Courtney asks the boys to make dinner while she retires to the church attached to her house, now converted to a workshop, to work on her furniture restoration. We also know, from the first scene, that Dylan is having visions and nightmares that are messing with his mind. It’s safe to assume at this point that this little family is living in a Bughuul house that that one of those children is being groomed to commit mass murder, and that child is likely Dylan. Dylan then comes to the church to retrieve his mother for dinner, and looks extremely freaked out. Courtney asks what’s wrong and gets the expected “nothing” in reply, but what she can’t see is that Dylan is seeing visions in his own head of blood oozing up from the cracks in the floor all around where his mother is standing.
That evening Courtney talks to the aggressive brother Zach before he goes to bed, asking that Zach help take care of Dylan. He seems to agree, but what seems to be brewing is some sibling rivalry where Zach doesn’t like the extra attention Dylan is getting.
While all this is happening, Deputy “So and So”, the unnamed Deputy who helps out Ethan Hawke in the first Sinister, has been busy tracking down the houses where Baghuul-type murders have been happening and burning them, trying desperately to break the chain of Baghuul murders. What was learned in the first Sinister is that if a family moves into a house where a Baghuul murder has happened, that starts the chain, and as soon as that family leaves that house and goes to another the murder happens. Now this second house starts the chain again when a new family moves into it. If you want more details about the original Sinister you can get them in this Sinister Spoiler Article here. If you would rather just have a review without spoilers then you can get that here.
The Deputy called a real estate agent about one of the houses where a murder had happened, and learned that it is still vacant and abandoned. With cans of gasoline in his trunk, the Deputy heads off to that house to burn it down, but Surprise! That’s the house where Courtney and the boys are living. It turns out that a friend of Courtney’s told her about this vacant house and she is staying there to hide from her abusive ex husband, who is seeking to take full custody of the boys. To summarize what is revealed at various points through the movie, the ex husband is an ultra violent and aggressive son of a rich kid who knows everybody in most counties around where Courtney is, and after years of spousal abuse the last straw was when the ex husband beat Dylan so severely that he had to go to the emergency room. This is when Courtney left and went into hiding.
Anyway, The Deputy encounters one of the boys and mom comes running out, thinking the Deputy is a private investigator who is there to tell her ex husband where she is. When it is determined that he is not after all, he comes in and has a cup of coffee.
Now, everyone who has seen Sinister 2 is going to have to forgive me if the exact chain of events coming up is a little off by a day or so in the story. The events are accurate, but exactly which day each thing happened may be a little off….
The Deputy leaves Courtney with a promise to return the next day to have a look around. That night the ghost child who was in his bed, now known to be named Milo, visits Dylan. Milo takes Dylan to a hidden basement area where there is a box containing a movie projector, camera, and a good number of film reels. Milo plays one and it is of course a murder scene ala Sinister 1. I believe the first one is electrocution, but I don’t remember for sure. When the death happens Dylan is freaked out and runs to bed. Milo tells him that he will have nightmares if he doesn’t watch all the films. Over the next couple of nights Dylan continues to try to resist going to see the films, but when he doesn’t he indeed has horrible nightmares of people dying by fire while strung up like scarecrows. He even semi-sleepwalks down one night and watches another film. Milo at this point is joined by a number of other ghost children, and we learn that each child is a perpetrator of a murder and each has their own film.
The next day The Deputy comes back by and looks through the church. He ends up hearing noises, finding a rat under a pot that I think is for holy water making that pot move around the floor, and sees Baghuul as well as visions of child ghosts. He falls through a wall and runs out, scared. Just about this time the ex husband shows up with some state troopers to try and take the children, but the Deputy knows that only a Sherriff deals in child custody battles and that this is a bluff. The troopers and ex husband leave mad, and the Deputy is a hero who ends up sleeping on the couch at the insistence of Courtney and Dylan. He can’t sleep and Courtney can’t sleep, and they wind up getting drunk swinging on the swing set outside and then making out for a bit before passing out.
The next morning the Deputy heads off on a long drive to another city as a researcher friend of his, who also was in Sinister 1, has found information about the murders. It’s a ham radio that was in the house of one of the early Baghuul victim families, and there have been occasional recordings made of transmissions on a typically unused band of the radio that sound like the scene of a murder with a child telling her mother to shut up so Baghuul can hear her. The voice in the recording then gives out numbers that turn out to be coordinates that lead to the vary house where the murders occurred. The Deputy tells his friend to destroy the ham radio, and he has an insight to the last piece of the puzzle, the part that nobody knew except the victims and movie audiences until now… it is a child that is the killer. He races back to Courtney to protect her from whichever son is about to go rogue.
Unfortunately the ex husband beats him there, this time with a real court order and the Sherriff, and they collect the children. He gives Courtney an ultimatum… she can stay there and let him take the kids, and try to get them back in court until she runs out of money, dying old, broke and alone… or she can come with him and play the good wifey and pretend that none of this ever happened. She chooses the second, if only to protect the children. Ole hubbie shows his true colors pretty quickly though, as that very night at dinner when Dylan says he’s not very hungry, his father jumps up and starts smashing mashed potatoes in his mouth while yelling. He’s really a jerk. Dylan finds his mother’s cellphone and sends a text to the Deputy to “help us”, but when the deputy shows up at the house the ex husband comes out with a gun and beats the crap out of the Deputy. So the Deputy goes home.
Well, this is the second house so this is where the murders take place, but there is another development that happened a bit earlier that I forgot to tell you… Dylan ultimately refused to watch any more films… but then there’s Zach. Zach had been quite aggressive toward Dylan over the last few days as he had seen Milo too, and was pissed off that his “weaker” brother was being chosen to be with Baghuul instead of him. He even beat the crap out of Dylan and made him say that Zach was better than him. So when Dylan refused to watch the last film, which apparently was necessary to complete his transformation to cold blooded killer, we find out that Zach had been watching the films too, and Zach has watched them all. Zach is the killer.
The next morning, after the mashed potatoes dinner, the ex husband along with Courtney and Dylan are out in the yard, the father teaching Dylan how to hit a golf ball. Zach is hidden in the corn field with the camera from that box filming the family happenings, which is the same way all the other death films start. Then he sets the camera on a rock or something and walks into the scene, just as all the other ghost children had done before they killed their families. Then we see Zach driving his dads truck with a rope on the back, pulling something, and after he cuts the rope we see that the family is tied up like scarecrows with bags over their heads. Each family member has a stream of gasoline leading to the foot of the cross they are tied to. Zach lights the first one and his father goes up in flames, screaming and kicking. Then… The Deputy to the rescue! He comes driving up in his car and knocks the kid down, then cuts Courtney and Dylan free. They run back to the house with Zach in hot pursuit. Then all hell breaks loose…
The ghost children are all there helping Zach find where the family is hiding. People other than Zach cannot see them, but they can see all the things in the room flying around as the kids throw books off the shelves and knock down furniture. Kind of over the top. Well, way over the top. After much running and chasing around, and almost certain death for all, the Deputy knocks the camera out of Zach’s hand and smashes it. Well there you go… the whole thing doesn’t work if there’s not a film. The cycle is done. Baghuul is not happy and comes for Zach, touches him, and he disintegrates into dead ashes.
Now the Deputy, Courtney and Dylan are all ready to leave town, and the Deputy has to go to his crappy motel room and get his stuff. When he gets there he finds that the ham radio that his friend had is there in his room, and there are kids talking on it. I WISH I had written down or could remember what was being said, because I think it’s significant, but I can’t. The camera pulls in close on the ham radio, then Zing! Baghuul’s face appears in the shot. Quite cheesy indeed.
The opening that’s left here is that, although the camera is gone and the films are not to be made anymore, the ham radio will again become the vessel for the murders. If there is a Sinister 3 the ham radio will indeed figure prominently. And that’s the end.
As promised, here is what I can remember about each of the Sinister 2 death films:
- Called “Home Remodeling” or something like that…
The family is working together to remodel the kitchen, so there are wires everywhere and cabinets off the wall. Cut to all of the family members being tied by their hands and about 2 inches of water on the floor, their bodies in the water. The killer kid puts on rubber boots and puts a live electrical wire into the water, and the family members begin jumping around like crazy until they die, burn marks all over their skin.
- Christmas Day
The family is all having fun opening presents on Christmas day, and everyone seems so very happy. Next we see the family laying outside in the snow, tied up in Christmas lights. The killer kid shovels show on top of the family members until they die and freeze solid with horrid looks on their faces.
- Fishing Trip
The family is of course on a fishing trip, on a boat and cleaning fish. Looks fun… until later you see the family members hanging upside down over the water with bags over their heads, and suddenly alligators jump up out of the water and bite their heads off.
- Dentist Thingy
Don’t remember this one too well. Just remember that the deaths happen by dentist drill. If someone has more information on this one let me know and I’ll update.
- Church services
This is Milo’s film. His father was the reverend in the church attached to the house. After seeing film of a church service conducted in that church, you see all of the family members tied up and face up on the floor of the church. Milo cuts wounds on the chests of each family member to coax rats to jump up on them, then places a metal pot over the rats trapping them. Then he puts hot coals on top of the pots, and the rats dig through the human bodies to escape. We even see several of them actually escape through the sides of the bodies. Quite gross.
Are there more? Did I miss any? Please do comment so I can update as needed.