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?
  • 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.
  • Complete Monster: Bughuul has been manipulating children into killing their own families in horrific ways, creating snuff films in the process, spiriting away one child from each family (the murderer) and turning them into his soulless slaves, and tormenting anyone who tries to break the cycle for centuries, apparently just For the Evulz.
    • From the sequel, Clint Collins is an abusive bastard who beat his wife and son Dylan, who lived in utter fear of him, and when they ran away he used his connections to get the cops and Judges on his side, effectively using them for legalized kidnapping. His speech after beating up Deputy So-and-So about how he would beat up his wife for his actions then come and kill him with absolute confidence he'd get away with it, and then saying he was going to go "f*ck his wife" (again, a woman who lives in constant fear of him effectively making it rape) seals his status as irredeemable. Even before all of this is shown, the fact that Dylan's first response to seeing his father in the movie was to piss his pants in utter terror should be more than enough to show how much of a monster he is.
    • And it appears that the apple didn't fall far from the tree with his son Zach, who is just as violent and cruel as his old man. Unlike Dylan who was disturbed by the children's films, Zach enjoyed them, actually SMILING as he watched the torture and murders, and is actually happy to return to his abusive violent father. Then he gleefully goes along with killing his family and filming it. When the gig is up he shows no concern for his mother or brother, only that he couldn't finish the film for Bughuul.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.