Sinister (2012)

Reviewed by 42ndego  

I can’t recall the last time I was actually excited to see a new horror film, but for whatever reason Sinister had me interested from the get go. I’m sure horror fans will agree that the recent incorporation of “camp fire” ghost stories in modern horror films is definitely working out in our favor. The film doesn’t fail to give you a few unsuspecting scares and scenes that might make your nerves uneasy. So if you think the genre is dead, here’s one of the few films out today that will prove you wrong.

Sinister tells the story of Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke), a non-fiction writer who moves his family into a house of a previous crime scene that is the topic of his latest book. Things start to get interesting when Ellison finds a box of super 8 film in the attic which contains footage of the murders he is investigating and Ellison soon realizes he is in over his head.

While watching the film, what stands out the most is the “ghoul”. Scott Derrickson did a good job at throwing the ghoul in scenes long enough to get a glimpse of him, but not long enough to get a really good look. This would have been fine if there was a scene that allowed the villain to really shock the audience leaving them with an impression that would stick for days, this unfortunately did not happen.

Though this was a good film, and does deliver, I was a little disappointed. It gets off to a great start, very dark and twisted and then it kind of just cruises to the end.

Gore: 2 out of 5

Entertainment Value: 4 out of 5

Story: 3 out of 5

Overall: 3 1/2 out of 5


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