In Sinister, the world was introduced to the malicious supernatural entity Bughuul through a series of hard-to-watch "kill tapes," and he’s coming back for more murderous mayhem in the sequel Sinister 2, which still doesn’t have the subtitle Electric Bughuul-oo. Last year, I visited the set of Sinister 2 and took part in a roundtable interview with director Ciaran Foy, writer (and the first film’s director) Scott Derrickson, and stars James Ransone and Shannyn Sossamon. They were all understandably reluctant to reveal too much, but they let just enough info out to make us excited. 

Here are three big changes we’re going to get out of Sinister 2 when it hits theaters on Friday, August 21. And yes, it’s more than just "Ethan Hawke isn’t in this one." Although that is certainly true here. 

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We’ll Learn More About Bughuul’s Past
When asked about whether or not the film would go into the mysterious entity’s background, Foy says that the "mythology behind him expands a little bit." I doubt we’re going to get a Wikipedia-like rundown of his birthplace and what kind of sports he played in school, but it’ll be interesting to see just what aspects of his character get focused on, and I’m guessing that the artful approach to his "projects" comes up. In particular, it sounds as if his backstory is tied into a church, which will itself play a big role in the film. While talking about how a church from his youth inspired the one seen in the film, Derrickson said this:
For me, it was just starting with a place and an architecture that has no religious connotations – it’s purely imagery, you know? – and it ends up becoming a place that Courtney, the character Shannyn plays, ends up spending a lot of time, and has reasons to be there. And it has a dark history that ties into the Bughuul mythology.

So does Bughuul have ties to theism, or is there something about the architecture that inspired this ghoulish bastard’s seemingly endless plight on humanity? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. 

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