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first Paranormal Activity. But that's now been done to death. All horror movies now a days are either remakes or go for shock and become what is the newer term, "torture porn", until now. Sinister came along just in time for all of us to get our
Halloween chills and scared the crap out of America. I have seen a lot of horror. I even go for those really bad SyFy B-rated
ones for laughs. The newer horror doesn't scare because it's predictable and instead it disgusts me. The over use of torture and gore that have nothing to do with the plot. Sinister however does something different. Ethan Hawke plays the character of a true crime writer desperate to live his glory days, almost at the cost of his family. And he plays it well. The violence that actually has to do with the plot was creatively filmed. And because the story was unique and not a rehash, the creepy atmosphere and scare wasn't predictable. Halloween 25 is predictable. Michael Myers is going after a family member. Texas Chainsaw Massacre is predicatble. Leatherface is going to kill people with a chainsaw. Saw 10 (or whatever number they are on
now) is going to torture people in weird contraptions. The list goes on and you get the drift..... With Sinister, I didn't even see this movie coming. The trailer gave nothing away. It scared me. And that is what a horror movie should do.
Egomaniacal true-crime novelist, Ellison Oswalt, moves his wife and two kids into the house where an unsettling murder involving a family of five has recently taken place. He plans to write about the incident and the missing child, who was apparently spared and kidnapped by the killer, hoping that he can solve the mystery without the help of the local authorities.
As he stores boxes in the attic, he finds several reels of Super 8 film and a projector. Each film contains increasingly graphic and macabre footage of a family being murdered. Upon further inspection, Ellison discovers that a pale, hollow-eyed figure can be seen lurking in the background in each one of the home movies. A pattern begins to emerge, as Ellison becomes consumed with the dark secrets that lie within the films. Further investigation confirms that there are demonic forces at work, and that Ellison may have opened a gateway that has placed his family in danger.
`Sinister' takes familiar themes and situations and spins them in entirely different directions, making the film unpredictable and highly unnerving as a result. The film score by Christopher Young is almost a character in and of itself. It accentuates the disturbing nature of the film, cranking the scares all the way up to eleven. Ethan Hawke delivers an extraordinarily nuanced performance, and this ranks among some of his best work. The rest of the cast is just as good, under the direction of Scott Derrickson, who pulls absolutely no punches for the entirety of the film.Read more ›
*SPOILER ALERT* As he searches for clues as to how this family died, he stumbles onto a box of old home movies that date back 30 years, and in each video, another killing took place. Hawke discovers a connection to the occult, but becomes even more confused when a series of supernatural events start to occur within the house. He enlists the help of a local deputy to track down details about each crime, and what he discovers, of course, sets the movie up for a twist at the end. The only thing lacking in this film was the ending, given the fact that Hawke's characler seemed so intelligent and determined during the first half of the film, only to become naive and forgetful during the latter stages. The film is not gory, but it does tend to stay with you after you leave the theater.
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Not much of a plot, not very scary, just horrible.
I put off seeing this for a long time, but it was actually pretty good. Mean and dark, but not too much of that torture porn crap. Id really give it 4. Read morePublished 6 days ago by NITSUD!
I expected this to be "scary" and since the box cover rated it comparable to Paranormal Activity I was pretty disappointed in what I viewed. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Todd M.