Title – Sinister (2012)
Director – Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose)
Cast – Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone, Michael Hall D’Addario, Clare Foley
Plot – Struggling to capture past successes, crime writer Ellison Oswalt (Hawke) moves his family to a small town community into a house where recently a family was gruesomely murdered while their young daughter disappeared without a trace. Upon moving into the house Ellison discovers a box of “home movies’ that start to show just how deep he has gotten himself and his family into a dark and terrifying situation.
“Don’t worry Daddy… I’ll make you famous again.”
Review by Eddie on 26/08/2013
Sinister is a far more creepy and grim movie than it perhaps ought to be and a much more worthwhile horror than a large percentage of recent releases. That Sinister works so well is largely due to the way in which it was made and in the way in which it’s story unravels.
Directed by journeyman Scott Derrickson Sinister tells a genuinely chilling and unnerving tale of author Ellison Oswalt (played well by go to horror man Hawke) descent into the investigation of the murder of a family and the disappearance of a little girl which slowly but surely leads to more questions than answers. It’s in these scenes of investigation by Ellison that Sinister truly shines.
Centring a large portion of the horror into grainy 8mm film footage and mixing it with some of the best sound design and effects seen in a horror for some time Sinister creates a vibe that will get the most seasoned of horror buffs on the edge of their seat. The way in which these “home movies” play out and what they entail makes Sinister live up to its name and drives the story along even when plausibility and sense perhaps fall by the wayside.
As with most horror films both recent and not so recent it’s a fine line between believability and complete fantasy, a line that Sinister crosses perhaps just that little to much to be called a real genre standout. Scenes played out in the latter half of the movie undo much of what has gone before a shame because the groundwork of the film is truly top notch thanks the aforementioned “home movies” and Hawke’s tent pole presence. This stumble before the finish line is not enough to ruin the film’s good work.
Sinister provides the chills and the thrills. The film works well as both a horror and also an investigation thriller. Pillared by Hawke’s good central turn and bookend by a downright unpredictable ending that will leave you cold in the way a good horror should Sinister is a very well made grisly picture. Just remember, once you see Bughuul he can see you.
3 and a half home movies out of 5