Sinister (2012 franchise)

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Sinister (2012), Sinister 2 (2015)


"Once you see him, nothing can save you." An obscure and terrifying ancient Babylonian demon amuses itself in the present day by tormenting vulnerable families, demanding child sacrifices, and leaving horrifying home movies and images depicting its atrocities....


  • Release Date: 2012-2015
  • Country/Language: US/UK, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
  • Starring: Nicholas King, Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone; James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan
  • Director: Scott Derrickson; Ciarán Foy
  • Writer: Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill
  • Producer/Production Co: Alliance Films, IM Global, Blumhouse Productions; Entertainment One, IM Global, Blumhouse Productions
  • View Trailer: (link), (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

The film series itself is not heavily Lovecraftian, though it seems the "Bughuul Mythos" is close enough in spirit to easily incorporate it; members of the forums at have done so through the more explicitly "Lovecraftian" entity known as Bugg-Shash, for example.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • HorrorNews dot-net (Sinister) (link) - "Sinister has a purpose..and that might just very well be the ability to scare the crap out of you."
  • Richard Scheib at the Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (Sinister) (2/5 Stars) (link) - "Sinister received some good reviews, although you get the feeling that these come from people who haven’t seen many horror films or have much of a grounding in the genre. As it kicks in, Sinister has a blandness to it... Where Sinister has it over both The Apparition and The Possession is that Scott Derrickson actually sets out to scare an audience. In fact, the film sometimes overburdens from the effort of his determination to do so... ... but you cannot deny that he does produce the goods on a number of occasions. ... On the other side of the coin, Sinister gets a fail mark when it comes to explanatory rationale. ... You are not sure for a long time if you are watching a film about the mundane activities of a killer or a haunted house story as the film seems to wander off into being – even then it is not clear who the ghost children are meant to be and how they are tied to the family killings."
  • Jacob Miller at Movie Rehab (2/5) (link) - " The whole film seems very artificial and lazy due to it taking far too much from its predecessor."
  • Richard Scheib at the Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (Sinister 2) (2/5 Stars) (link) - "The problem for me when it comes to viewing Sinister as a franchise was that the original was such a shaky house of cards that it does not readily make for sequel material. ... Sinister 2 is a prime example of a weak and ill-explained original being awkwardly over-extended into more of the same. ... However, seeing it all stretched out again and with equally little in the way of explanation ... the show feels like a house of cards being built in mid-air. ... The first film got past this by Scott Derrickson delivering some eerie and outlandish scares. Not the same can be said for Ciaran Foy’s work on the sequel. This feels about a generic and processed as horror becomes these days."


 Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)

  • SINISTER (2012) - Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s.
  • SINISTER 2 (2015) - A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that's marked for death.


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • "It's a symbol associated with the worship of a pagan deity. A very obscure one dating back to Babylonian times named Bughuul, the Eater of Children. The crimes that you're dealing with, they all have the element of a missing child, correct? Well, Bughuul eats children. Now, the fragments of stories that have survived, they all revolve around him needing the souls of human children to survive. Now each story involves a different way that he lures or tricks these children away from the physical world and traps them in his own nether world and he consumes their souls over time. Now any worship of this deity would include a blood sacrifice or the wholesale eating of a child." - Professor Jonas, describing Bughuul

Associated Mythos Elements

  • tome: the home movies, children's drawings, obscure mythology books and other materials
  • race: Human Cultists
  • race: Ghosts
  • deity: Bughuul, AKA Bagul or Mr. Boogie (compare to Bugg-Shash)
  • location: Netherworld, a place separate from the "physical world" into which Bughuul lures and traps children and consumes them over time
  • symbol: an odd sigil or symbol seems to be associated with the cult of Bughuul

Keeper Notes