Sinister 2: Shannyn Sossamon Interview
By Jessica Dwyer
Hitting theaters today, Sinister 2 brings us back to the world of Bhughul. Bhughul, AKA The Boogeyman stalks young children and inspires them to kill their entire family. The first film was inherently creepy and terrifying and it wasn’t a happy movie by any stretch of the imagination.
Sinister 2 looks to expand on Bhughul’s method of madness and gives us a closer look at his legion of ghost children and how he seduces the kids he chooses. This time around his sights are set on twin boys and a single mother trying to run from an abusive relationship. Shannyn Sossamon stars as Courtney, the mother trying to keep her sons safe. Returning to the franchise is James Ransone as Deputy So & So who is out to stop Bhughul after the events of the last film.
I got a chance to chat with Shannyn Sossamon about the new movie and her introduction into the world of Sinister.
FG: What attracted you to Sinister 2 and the character of Courtney?
SS: I hadn’t seen the first one when I had the meeting with the director. I hadn’t experienced its horror yet. Really what it was was meeting with Ciaran Foy, the director. I read the script and I thought there were things I could work with. But I wanted to talk to him to see how he was going to execute it. Because these types of films are really draining and I don’t want to put myself through that if it’s not being held by masterful hands.
I had such a great meeting with him. I felt so much trust leaving the room that it turned into excitement to work with him and to help him tell the story and breathe life into Courtney.
FG: So did you watch the first film after that?
SS: I did but I didn’t finish it. Not because it wasn’t good but because it was so scary I didn’t want to finish it. I got the gist of the tone and the boogeyman. I got what I needed from it and then I stopped watching because I just didn’t want to put myself through that.
FG: That’s testament to the film.
SS: Exactly. And Sinister 2 is just as scary.
FG: I’m curious what was some of the most difficult scenes for you in this movie. I know you’ve got two children of your own and I can only imagine it because I’ve heard about some of the kill recordings in this and they sound horrifying.
SS: My character for the majority of the film is dealing with a different kind of horror. Dealing with the horror of an abusive father and husband. Trying to keep her kids safe and being on the run and being in survival mode and not wanting anyone to touch them. That was my main focus. So I didn’t see kill films like my kids did. I just always thought my kids were kind of off due to their father.
And the truth was it probably was because of their father. And that sort of brings me to another part that I think is beautiful about this film is that Ciaran has beautifully intertwined…and he said this in the meeting…was that the real villain of the piece was the father. And that Bhughul attacked kids from dysfunctional homes. And that Bhughul represents evil.
And if you think about it that’s true. In our world, evil…as human beings we are more succeptible to evil if we were raised in dysfunctional homes because your faculties don’t know as much. You weren’t around as much light. You weren’t around nourishing life experiences. So you are open to evil to come in. And I think its amazing what he’s done to show those truths together.
FG: Did the filmmakers give you any kind of history or mythology on the character of Bhughul?
SS: I kind of stayed out of that actually. That wasn’t my main focus. If you were talking to James Ransone he could probably talk about that more since his character is obsessed with Bhughul and solving the mystery and stopping him. That was his objective as an actor was to really think about that.
But I know…I know that that they could go into Sinister 3 and Sinister 4 and go further into it. I thought it was interesting in Sinister 2 how the fans are going to get to see…you see more of his clan of those children that he’s gathered. And you know think that’s interesting. That could be almost a whole other film. How many are there total? Where are they all hanging out? And how is he talking to them?
FG: And how they’ve changed.
SS: Yes! Who they were before…
FG: That’s what creeped me out the most in the first film. That’s how you get me…creepy children.
SS: Yes. Yes it’s very effective.
Sinister 2 is in theaters today!