SINISTER 2 is released in Irish cinemas today (August 21st), and follows young mother Courtney (Shannyn Sossamon) and her twin boys, Zach and Dylan, who move into a seemingly idyllic secluded old house in an attempt to start a new life. But the building has a secret: it is the scene of a gruesome ritualistic murder which bears a striking resemblance to a series of family slayings that have taken place over the past fifty years. A private detective (James Ransone) investigating the recent massacre of a famous author and his family is led to Courtney and her children, whom he believes will be the next victims. As he pieces together the mystery behind the murders he uncovers an ancient myth that means the killer might be someone – or something – more evil than anything he could have imagined.

Like the first film in the franchise, SINISTER utilises hand held film shot by the characters as part of major plotlines. The SINISTER franchise is far from the first to utilize grainy, amateur home videos as a plot device, in fact, although home movies have been around since the advent of cinema and live action recording; recently there has been a fascination in Hollywood in using home video in horror films. In anticipation of SINISTER 2, we’ve decided to take a look back at some of the best examples of this theme within the horror genre.

SINISTER

Ethan Hawke stars as Ellison Oswalt, a true-crime writer who researches the murder he came across in 8mm home movie films he finds in the attic of his new home.

UNTRACEABLE

Diane Lane plays Jennifer Marsh, an FBI agent who becomes obsessed with finding a serial killer who is posting live murders online. Marsh soon realises this is a race against time, as the more people that log on to the site, the faster and more violently the victim dies.

HALLOWEEN: RESSURRECTION

Serial killer Michael Myers (Brad Loree) returns in HALLOWEEN RESURRECTION. TV execs intent on making a gory and thrilling reality TV show send 6 thrill-seeking teenagers into Myers’ derelict childhood home. The house is filled with security cameras to record what happens when the serial killer returns home…

BENNY’S VIDEO

Michael Haneke’s 1992 film focuses on Benny (Arno Frisch), a14 year old video enthusiast who spends every day recording and watching his video footage. Benny’s obsession with death leads him to recording himself murdering a girl his age…and later showing the video to his neglectful parents.

MEADOWOODS

Three college students in a small town, bored and desperate to be remembered, plot the merciless murder of a complete stranger while keeping a video journal of the entire process. The plan is to watch the stranger die in an execution chamber, but once the murder is underway, dissent breaks out between the three friends intent on leaving a mark on the world.

VACANCY

A young married couple find videos in their motel room of real life murders. Each murder took place in the room they are staying, and they soon realize they are being filmed, with the intent of them being the next victims

THE RING

This US remake of the highly successful Japanese horror flick follows Rachel (Naomi Watts), a journalist who investigates a videotape that causes the death of anyone that views it.

SINISTER 2 is released in Irish cinemas on August 21st 2015.

Watch the trailer below…