The 2012 horror film Sinister was a huge hit, delivering a $77 million payday on a microscopic $3 million budget. The film introduced new horror icon Bughuul, a seriously scary-looking Ancient Babylonian demon who makes children murder their families while recording their crimes on 8mm film, which he later watches before eating the kids' souls. Pretty creepy stuff, and original for a horror film, so it's not that surprising that Bughuul is back for more terror in Sinister 2. But some horror movie lovers are wondering whether Bughuul will wear out his welcome in his second outing, or if he'll be back for a third installment of America's Gruesomest Home Videos in a couple years. So, will there be a Sinister 3 ?
As of right now, there aren't any concrete plans for a third Sinister movie, but there have been conversations. Scott Derrickson, who directed the first Sinister and co-wrote both films, said he would love to make more Sinister movies, but it depends on how well the new sequel is received. "I’d like there to be ten of them," Derrickson told CinemaBlend. "But it really depends on how this turns out and how [Sinister 2] does." However, Derrickson also believes there can be such a thing as too many horror sequels. "The most famous horror sequels are slasher movie sequels, and I’m just not a big fan of that many slasher movie sequels,” Derrickson told Grantland. “[Slasher movie] sequels mostly give you too much of the same thing over and over again."
Whether Derrickson decides he wants to make a Sinister 3 or not, it probably won't matter. That's because the film's production studio, Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions, loves horror movie franchises. In fact, their success in the genre is arguably what has enabled them to pursue more serious fare like last year's Oscar bait, Whiplash. But horror is still the company's bread and butter, so here's the evidence that we're going to get more Sinister, in the form of the other scary films in Blum's stable that have gotten the franchise treatment.
The film that put Blumhouse Productions on the map was the most talked about horror film in years when it premiered in 2007. The found footage film spawned a ton of imitators and a number of sequels, with the sixth and supposedly final entry in the franchise set to debut next year. I'm personally more inclined to believe there's an invisible demon living in my attic than I am to believe there won't be a seventh Paranormal Activity, but hey, what do I know?
Many of Blumhouse's most successful films have featured people being possessed by malevolent spirits, and Insidious continues that tradition. The first film bowed in 2010, while the third installment was released this past June.
One of Blumhouse's few non-supernatural horror outings, the disturbing tale of the one day in the year where all crime is legal was super successful in 2013, and its sequel the next year did even better. The third take in the series, a prequel, is due out next summer.
Blumhouse has taken over the franchise about the real-life Long Island spooky house, and will release their first (and the overall series' 14th) installment next April.
Ouija Boards are creepy as hell, so it was only a matter of time they became the focus of a horror movie. Ouija premiered last fall, and has a sequel set for Oct. 2016... Just in time for Halloween. Don't be too shocked if a third game is announced soon after.
Not content with just skewering childhood board games, Blumhouse also went after social media with this tale about a woman who kills herself after an embarrassing video of her goes viral, then comes back as a ghost to find out who posted said video. The film was released earlier this year, and was so successful a sequel has already been fast tracked for release next year.
Another internet-based horror, Creep is about a man's severely scary encounter after answering a Craigslist ad (hey, we've all been there, right?). The film came out in 2014, and while no sequel has been formally announced yet, a trilogy is planned.
The evidence definitely seems to be in favor for more Sinister, but fans will likely have to wait at least a couple of weeks before getting any confirmation. If it proves as profitable as the first installment though, fans can probably expect to see Bughuul for a third time, and a fourth time, and a fifth time...
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