Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Now is a Perfect Time to Talk About 'Sinister 3'

With the spot-on casting for the adult Losers Club for It: Chapter 2, and James Ransone being cast as the adult Eddie Kaspbrak, I think now is the time to talk about a third installment of Sinister. Sinister (directed and co-written by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill) was a successful film cashing in $77 million worldwide; $48 million of it came domestically. The film also scored an okay-percentage of 63% on Rotten Tomatoes. At the time it felt like a strong franchise was born again at Blumhouse, but that didn’t end up being the case.

Sinister 2 (directed by Ciaran Foy and written by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill) made $54 million worldwide—$27 million of it made domestically, and scored a gut-punching 13% on Rotten Tomatoes. I feel the actors did a great job, most notably James Ransone (Deputy So and So) and Shannyn Sossamon (Courtney Collins), and the atmosphere was cold and creepy, but there were definitely other things that made the potential franchise come to an unfortunate halt. Sinister 2 packed the mystery and suspense that weighed heavily in the first film. Besides the ending, we only saw glimpses of the mythical Bughuul as he appeared in the spine-chilling 8mm kill films. I

n the sequel, Bughuul is seen a lot more, and it becomes less and less scary because he is no longer the boogey man appearing mysteriously in places you wouldn’t think of. So Bughuul having a more dominant presence was us, as the audience, getting used to seeing him. The kill films in Sinister 2 could not hold up against the ones in the first film. But what I did like is the ghost kids bringing out the vintage record player and playing some ominous music on a vinyl stamped with Bughuul's symbol. The music remains chilling and executes as it should, but the kill films feel generic and not scary at all. And I liked it better when the ghosts kids were just creepy children that appear as ghosts usually do, not talking and overstaying their screen time. What worked best for the second installment was the passion and the heart the movie had. You feel the need to protect Courtney and her twins from her abusive ex-husband; you want Deputy So and So to, yes, go all the with Courtney. Deputy is much more likable and funnier in the second film. We need more Deputy and So and So!

Now aside from picking what most of us didn’t like the from the second film, a huge part of a potential third installment not coming to life was the sales and marketing and time of the movie release, which was sometime in August. Speaking during a Live Q&A on Facebook, Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions said:

“There is no ‘Sinister 3.’ We didn’t do well enough with ‘Sinister 2.’ Not enough people went to see ‘Sinister 2’ to make ‘Sinister 3,’ which is really sad. One of things that I get asked a lot is: ‘What are your professional regrets?’ Obviously, I have a lot of regrets professionally. Every movie we make, some of them are great, some of them are less great, of course. Sometimes the movies work because of the movies, sometimes it’s the marketing; it’s a complicated thing.”

Looking back, I didn’t see a lot of marketing for Sinister 2. I believe that really did play a huge factor in it not grossing as much as the first film. And the release date of August 21st isn’t really a good spot for a premier. But with a $10 million budget and making $54 million without as much marketing and a crappy premier date, I don’t see why a third film can’t be made now, especially with James Ransone taking the role as an adult Eddie Kaspbrak in Andy Muschietti's It: Chapter 2.

What I hope happens is this: It: Chapter 2 will be even better received and make more money than its predecessor, and people will fall in love with adult Eddie Kaspbrak as they did with Jack Dylan Grazer, go on Google, type in James Ransone, see these Sinister films he starred in, love him in those movies, too, and spam the internet and Blumhouse with a “we want a Sinister 3” comment on the daily and the nightly. Sinister is a world full of possibilities, more mystery, more scares, and more story. We were being introduced to the creepy Ham Radio in the sequel, so I want to see more of that, also. Bughuul deserves the recognition like other horror movie monsters we love like Pennywise, Freddy Krueger, and Michael Myers, to name a few. There has been some talk about an Insidious and Sinister crossover, so maybe we’ll see that before a third film? Who knows? But we as fans have the power to make things happen with our voice. Let’s get a third film, shall we?

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