If you’re hip to some of the horror genre’s newest up-and-coming directors, you probably already know the name Ciaran Foy. The filmmaker most recently wrote and directed 2012’s Citadel, a finely tuned horror outing that cleverly mixed genres and tropes to really, really creepy effect. The film focuses on an agoraphobic young dad desperate to keep his baby daughter safe — hey, his wife was brutally murdered by a pack of feral kids, so you can’t blame him — who must overcome his fear of said feral kids in order to keep her from being murdered, too (rough). The film is set in a basically abandoned town, with the kiddos populating a nearby apartment building (think The Raid), and that environment spreads out a constant dread over an already terrifying story. It’s good stuff, and now Foy gets to step it up with a new horror film with a solid pedigree.
Foy will next direct Sinister 2, with the news coming directly from Sinister helmer Scott Derrickson. Derrickson is returning to the film in another capacity, as he’s written the film’s script alongside C. Robert Cargill; the duo also penned the previous installment together.
There are scarce little details available about the film, beyond producer Jason Blum telling ShockTillYouDrop.com, “If you love the tone of the first film, you’ll love this,” he says. “Plus, it’s got a lot of new stuff in it!”
The first film starred Ethan Hawke as a true crime novelist who moves his family into a house where a series of brutal murders previously went down, all the better to research his next book. Of course, the house isn’t empty — evil and all that — and the film is a terrifying trip down the rabbit hole. It also ended on a pretty chilling note, the kind that sets the stage to expand out a mythology that includes an evil spirit named Bughuul and the horrible deeds he seemingly makes people (especially kids!) commit.
Foy’s apparent knack for creepy atmospheres and horrifying kids makes him sound like a pretty natural fit for the gig, and we’re steeling ourselves for the scares already.
Production on Sinister 2 will start this summer.
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