Sunday, October 14, 2012

Movie Review: Sinister

Sinister - Rated R

Directed by Scott Derrickson

Sinister centers on true crime author Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke). After a few failed books, he craves another blockbuster hit so, he moves his family to a town where a family was mysteriously murdered. Unknown to his wife and kids, he moved them into the same house the lived in. This is the set up for Scott Derrickson's (The Exorcisim Of Emily Rose) newest horror film. Upon Oswalt's investigation, he discovers a mysterious box of old 8mm films in the house's attic. Not only do the films contain the murders of the house's previous owners but, also the murders of families all over the country.Oswalt becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth behind the films. Ethan Hawke is very well cast as Oswalt. You feel empathy for him and care about his character and his situation. The film has some very tense moments in it, particularly the footage of the murders. There is a mysterious character that appears in the footage that is quite creepy. Music and sound effects were also very well done and should be noted. They all really add to the atmosphere. The film doesn't do anything new in the horror genre but, is very well made. It is a refreshing change of pace to see a good R rated horror film. It seems that the studios cater to the PG13 crowd these days in the horror genre. Sinister should not be missed if you are a horror fan. It is sure to please.

4 out of 5 stars.


1 comment:

  1. It’s scary, that’s for sure, and definitely has a creepy vibe to it but does get a little silly by the end. Thankfully, Ethan Hawke stays believable the whole time and kept me involved when my mind was telling me otherwise. Good review Chris.