Sinister (2012)

Ellison (Ethan Hawke) in ‘Sinister’

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.

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2 comments

  1. Sounds iffy then, I actually plan to watch this sometime over the next few days. Sucks that the twist and cliches will keep me from loving it.

  2. It just tried being even more clever than it already was, ironically becoming en-vogue and disposable. Still, you may disagree and the antagonist is still one of horror’s more interesting in years.

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