In “Sinister 2,” Shannyn Sossamon plays a mom trying to protect her twin sons from an abusive dad, from whom she’s run away … and also an evil spirit named Bughuul who, unbeknownst to her, has its sights on her sons. As it turns out Sossamon, a mother of two, can’t relate to either staying with a bad husband or the horror genre, despite occasionally working in it. But it was the drama aspect that appealed to her anyway, feeding into her notion that dysfunction starts at home.
I heard you aren't a fan of horror movies.
It’s true. Yes, I am not, and I don’t see them in the theater, and I don’t stop on them when I’m watching television, which I don’t watch much of. But I do think you should see “Sinister 2” in a theater! [Laughs]
Is it that you freak out when watching them?
I just get scared too easily. I’m a drama queen about it. I don’t want to put my nervous system through that. But I do love a good psychological thriller. If a horror film is done well — and I’m proud of this film — but if a film is done with creativity and fearlessness, it doesn’t matter what genre it is. I did go see “The Babadook,” which people had been telling me I had to see. And I did enjoy it. It was scary but there were parts that were really amazing.
Regardless of how you feel about the genre, in “Sinister 2” you’re not really involved in the horror business until the end. For most of it you’re a mother trying to protect her kids from an abusive father.
She’s unaware of it till the end, so I had to focus on that. I remember speaking with the director [Ciaran Foy] before the shoot started, and that’s what he wanted: “This is a family story and I wanted it to be just as important as the horror.” What I also thought was really beautiful is that he wanted to show the link between the ghoul and dysfunctional parenting — how the chain of evil starts in the home, in the way we raise our children. The ghoul is getting kids from dysfunctional homes. Ciaran married the two beautifully.