Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sinister (2012)

It is always a little awkward for me to admit that I liked a "mainstream" horror movie, but I really dug Sinister.  Sure, it had jump scares galore, and Ethan Hawke for chrissakes, but it wasn't a bad way to spend two hours of my Sunday afternoon.

Sinister is about a true crime writer, Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) who is moving his family to a new house so that he can focus on a crime that took place in the area.  He did fail to leave out one little tidbit...that the murdered family he is writing about was actually killed in the backyard of their new place.  Ooooops.

While gearing up for his new book and gathering evidence, he just happens to stumble across a bunch of 8mm film depicting grisly murders.  That apparently the police have never found.  Boy is he one lucky writer.  The films are super creepy, and Ellison decides to keep the information to himself so that he can link a bunch of crimes together in his book and become very rich and famous,

But while he thinks his plan is foolproof, a presence in their home does not agree.  The family begins to be tortured by a variety of supernatural occurrences, and Ellison begins to discover a deeper motivation behind the murders.  But is it too late to stop his family from being affected?

I found this flick to be suitably creepy, and the storyline was good.  I'm not always the biggest fan of supernatural stuff, but I think this had a lot of good background, and wrapped it all up well.  The cliched jump scares were there, but not too overused in my opinion.  I'd say this movie is worth checking out!


Tyler Bonham said...

I felt the same way going in. I thought the scariest thing I was going to see was Ethan Hawkes dental work. It does a good job of not going way out there with the supernatural stuff, like Insidious did. Great review!