YMMV / Sinister

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In the sequel, did Bughuul always intend to corrupt Zach rather than Dylan? Or was he simply playing the boys against each other, assuming that at least one of them would turn?
    • It seems that Bughuul did try to corrupt Dylan, especially seeing how Dylan seems to have psychic abilities and was contacted first by Milo. It seemed that he began to corrupt Zach since he was more on the basis of rage regarding their situation Theres also the fact that Dylan was a lot more resistant to Bughuul's power and Milo's control, which only lead to them Zach deciding to join them.
    • What was Zach's reasons for wanting to kill his family? While it is implied Bughuul corrupted him, it still made things off putting since the beginning showed him as a Troubled, but Cute kid.
  • Critical Dissonance: Downplayed. The sequel has received extremely negative reviews from critics, getting a measly 13% on Rotten Tomatoes. Fans are generally more forgiving, with a minority holding it up as an Even Better Sequel, but the general consensus even among audiences places it between So Okay, It's Average and the critical response.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Near the end of the second film, just as Zach has burnt Clint to death and is about to kill his mother and brother, Deputy So-And-So barges out of the cornfield in his truck and strikes Zach head on, disabling him long enough for the deputy to untie the survivors and make a break for the house. What makes it truly awesome is that it's all captured from the camera, making it the first Super 8 footage across both films that isn't Nightmare Fuel.
    • What makes it more awesome? When So-And-So proceeds to smack the camera out of Zach's hands, breaking it, therefore destroying the cycle. Zach's Villainous Breakdown makes it more satisfying if you began to hate Zach halfway.
    • There's even one for the villains. When Zach is beating up Dylan simply because he's frustrated that Dylan's approached by Bughuul's ghosts instead of him (using the "I'm better than you!" excuse), Bughuul's ghostly children appear and actually scare him off when he attempts to act tough.
  • Epileptic Trees: Before this movie came out (and before this movie was really explained) some people were under the impression it was a Slender Man ripoff.
  • Fridge Horror: Bughuul lives in images and kills the people who see them. How many people saw this movie?
    • Bughuul & the kids he possesses live in videos of the families being murdered. Depending on how that works, it's possible that the families get murdered all over again every time someone watches the movies.
    • The tapes that wind up in Ellison's attic both times. If Bughuul's servants still exist on the physical plane, this means they're likely the ones actually physically leaving them. While the supernatural factor is scary enough, the idea that there are people physically breaking into your house is...unsettling.
    • More Fridge Tragedy than anything, but if Ellison had thought to delete the files before moving back into his old house, he likely wouldn't have been killed.
      • It wouldn't have made a difference - Ashley was already possessed.
    • In the sequel, although Deputy So-and-So is burning down houses that the murdered families had lived in, Super 8 kill tapes are still being made (some of the new ones look very recent). That with the Norwegian broadcast on the HAM radio heavily implies that there are or were several strings of Bughuul-influenced, Super 8-filmed murders happening at the same time.
  • Hell Is That Noise: All the songs used during the Super 8 reel sequences. Don't listen to this if you're alone and/or in the dark...
    • It doesn't help half of the songs are either songs from Boards of Canada or Ulver, in particular music from their EPs Silence Teaches You How to Sing and Silencing the Singing.
  • Iron Woobie: Ex-Deputy So-and-So in the sequel, as revealed, he was arrested as a suspect in the Oswalt family mass murder, lost his job as a police officer due to going against the sheriff's orders to not help Ellison whom the sheriff disliked due to his unflattering self-centered reputation, gets beaten up by Big Bad Wannabe Clint Collins when he tries to warn him of the supernatural threat that Bughuul poses against him and his abused family, before finally getting two of his left fingers sliced off by a possessed Zach and getting a visit from Bughuul himself at the very end of the film. Despite all of these hardships he goes through, he still makes an effort to put an end to Bughuul's killing spree no matter what.
  • Narm: The whole thing with Bughuul's children making a shush gesture after EVERY FRICKIN' REEL on the "extended cut endings" gets old and cheesy after the first time, especially with the little Kubrick Stare they all give.
    • Bughuul looks a bit like either a member of Slipknot or the Ultimate Crack Smoking Warlock.
    • The Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book identifies Bughuul as Mr. Boogie. Though the innocence of the nickname arguably makes it creepier.
    • The trailer for the sequel has one of the main (non-evil) boys holding and looking into a film camera while screaming in terror. Out of context, it just looks hilarious. In context, it's not much better.
    • Everything about the ghost children in the sequel, from the performances of the child actors to the very concept that Bughuul doles out all of his dirty work to his little kid slaves, who even have their own leader in a Bratty Half-Pint named Milo.
    • The sheer number of screamers and jumps in the sequel. Bughuul seems more like a petty asshole than a tyrannical, soul-eating Pagan deity when he spends all of his time leering in random photographs and making antique ham radios scream.
    • The elaborateness of the sequel's tapes in comparison to the original film's can give off this vibe. Compare "Family Hanging Out", in which the family is hanged in a silent still shot, to "Fishing Trip", in which a child somehow manages to hang his family upside down above an alligator-infested marsh and have the gators reliably chomp on each head perfectly on cue.
      • Additionally, the sound effect used in "Fishing Trip" when the gator chomps on the first head is the EXACT SAME ONE used in "Lawn Work" in the first film, which only adds to the narm-iness.
      • How Bughuul scares So-And-So in the beginning of the film. Making his computer freeze, approaching him from behind (twice), and then proceeding to make his computer turn on again with his symbol. Complete with a distorted guitar riff.
  • Sequelitis: The first film has a mildly respectable 62% on Rotten Tomatoes. The second currently stands at an abysmal 13%.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Bughuul has been accused of this in the second film, which seemingly shows that the the ghostly kids do all of the work corrupting and goading the next potential child to murder their family and record it, while Bughuul does very little aside from standing in the background looking menacingly or doing nothing but provide jumpscares. This is especially jarring as the sequel reveals he has the ability to decay anyone he touches, thus implying that he is more than capable of killing people on his own, but delegates it to his servants because it's more convenient for him.
    • Bughuul behaves exactly as you would expect him to behave. He explicitly draws his power from the corruption of the innocent and feeds on the children's souls. The second movie also explicitly states that the recording of the ritual murders is what allows souls to pass to HIS world. Sure, he COULD go around killing people, but he wouldn't get souls that way. He only starts appearing to Deputy So and So after he's actively interfering with his plans.
  • The Woobie: All of the families.
    • Special mention goes to Courtney's family, especially considering she couldn't escape her abusive husband who had such immense wealth and power to manipulate people and her second son tried to kill her.
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