Headscratchers: Sinister

  • "Family hanging out" would be impossible for a little girl to perform, even if (or especially if) family was drugged.
    • I agree, that one just bugged me as totally impossible. It COULD have been done if the family had been lying bound on the ground with the ropes around their necks when the branch was cut - the end result would have been the same when that branch was cut, but there was no possible way for the girl to stand up a grown adult and be able to tie that rope to the tree branch if they weren't conscious - in which case, why the hell would an adult let a kid put a noose around their neck?
      • Weren't the little kids possessed by Bughuul? I always assumed it was possible because she was possessed by an evil god.
      • I agree with you. That's how I thought the Pool Party video was possible; there's no way a young kid should be able to drag an adult AND a weight into the pool.
      • We know the ghosts of previous victims pulled Ellison down out of the attic. Possibly they'd also helped set up those of the previous murders that required more physical strength than a single child could produce.
      • The sequel seems to quietly answer this. Remember when Deputy So and So hits Zach with his car, and Zach gets up like nothing occured? This seems to imply that once a kid is within Bughuul's control he gives them the superhuman abilities to pull off their murders
  • Here's an even more stupid thing. Besides the fact that writing is not the job you rely on to pay the bills in general, exactly how fast was he planning on writing that book? Because it was probably going to take at least six months to a year to write and edit it before he could try to sell it. That's not even considering the fact that generally you sell nonfiction on proposal, as in BEFORE you start writing it.
    • Ellison is clearly coming from a very successful first novel that gave him an inflated ego. He doesn't care about details, if he gets the story he just thinks it will work out. Plus, he's obviously got enough money to keep himself going at least for a couple of months, the whole point of him not wanting to write other kinds of books or get other kinds of jobs is a major plot point.
  • This may verge into WMG territory, but how exactly did the murders of the families start, and how was Bughuul spreading his influence before the invention of video tape?
    • Vincent D'Onofrio explained that the worship of Bughuul began using simple drawings and frescos in ancient times. It was only in modern times that he got with the times and used video tape.
  • Not only would it be extremely hard for a little kid to hold a video camera and push a lawnmower at the same time, but how did they do it at night and not have the noise alert the neighbors?
    • 1) It looked like they fastened the camera to the lawnmower somehow, probably with duct tape or something, it would really not be hard to do. 2) You can't see other houses or even lights in the movie. Plenty of large houses, especially in small towns, can be very far away from each other, enough that if everybody is inside their houses they probably WON'T hear it. 3) Even if they did hear, so what? Somebody is running a lawnmower at night. It's a bit annoying but nobody is going to make an issue of it unless they are in very close proximity to the house - which is obviously not the case.
  • What would happen if a childless couple move into a house Bughuul is haunting?
    • Three likely possibilites;
      • He would wait for them to have children
      • He would try and scare them out of the house in hopes a couple with children will replace them.
      • He would just ignore them, and wait for a couple with children to move into one of the other houses he is haunting.
  • What happens if a family moves into a house but doesn't watch the Super 8 reels?
    • They would be ignored, most likely. The real activity only starts when Ellison finds and watches the reels.
  • What would happen if a family with teenagers moves into a house? Does Bughuul have an age limit?
    • Bughuul explicitly takes the youngest in the family, and one imagines that younger teenage siblings might also count.
      • No, he doesn't. The oldest corrupted kid from the first Sinister killed his clearly younger brother and looked to be about 14 (movie - Sleepy Time). Likewise, in the second movie, Zach is older than Dylan.
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