True to its title, Sinister opens with a grotesquely disquieting scene, shot on an old Super 8. Subsequent footage found by true-crime writer, Ellison (Ethan Hawke), in his new family house – also recent crime scene – is nicely paced out to equally alarming effect. The unusual music which accompanies the super 8 footage is also noteworthy and parallels the unfathomable dread. Ethan Hawke carries this ominous found item/ contemporary haunted house vehicle throughout with remarkable straight-faced awe, but ultimately the lacklustre twist and modern creepy-kid clichés cuts Sinister short from being one of the scariest horror pictures in years. Despite the third act being what a gust of wind is to a house of cards, initial suspense and memorable creep Mr. Boogie, still make for an unsettling watch. Dir. Scott Derrickson.