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5.0 out of 5 stars Scared the crap out of me, February 1, 2013
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This review is from: Sinister [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Horror movies these days don't really scare people. The only horror movie to really creep someone out more recently is the
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.
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Initial post: May 26, 2013 8:18:39 PM PDT
R.M.Smith says:
Your comment was 100%! Thanks!!! I enjoyed this movie tonight and I watched it only because I trusted your insights.

Posted on May 29, 2013 7:35:19 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 6, 2013 5:54:46 PM PDT
kktlvr says:
my only issue with your comment, nobody outside of 6 year olds was scared or shocked or even entertained by paranormal craptivity

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2013 7:46:13 PM PDT
GoBoSox says:
you would be correct if not for the fact that you're dead wrong...if you watch PA on a bona fide whopper surround system with an active sub you'd be hard pressed to say PA is not scary. The astmospherics are second to none in that movie. The one spot where they're in bed and a massive bang is heard behind the headboard sends a thunderous thud from the 3 fronts to the 2 rears and the sub finishes it off with a sustain that leaves a real mark on your psyche.

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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2013 9:35:44 PM PDT
SW says:
yeah parnormal activity I found to one of the least scariest movies I've seen in recent times. Creepy it is, yes, scary no. Noises like little bumps In the houses and stuff like that dont scare me. A lot of old houses and some new houses make the same noises. I'm not on the verge of having a heart attack everytime I hear a bump. And that is in real life. In movies, not even remotely heart rate change. Ok something flashes across the screen. I'm thinking more of what was that instead of scared. Then again, on the flip side I know some people flip out when they hear any sort of noise inside the house. I know some people almost wet themselves when they hear a AC compressor kick on. To those types, PA will scare the dog piss out of them. Unfortunately I'm not one of those types and PA bored the crap out of me. Then they said the second and third one scarier, those were more boring than the first. All IMO.

Although I'm checking out the reviews to this movie and hoping it's nothing like PA. While at the same time hoping it's not another "slasher" flick. There are more than two ways to make a scary movie contrary to popular Hollywood belief

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 4:17:22 AM PDT
While I agree with your distaste for "torture porn," I consider Paranormal Activity to be dull and unoriginal. It's largely derivative of The Blair Witch Project, adding nothing new to the "found footage" subgenre (an increasingly lazy subgenre that's only one notch above torture porn).

Certainly, there are many better found footage films. The Last Exorcism has a more substantive story and richer characters (and yes, it's creepier than Paranormal Activity). And Quarantine has more shocks, scares, and action. Both have better acting.

Posted on Aug 3, 2014 6:29:38 PM PDT
i got a boxed set of the PA movies for, like, 8$. i'd seen the commercials of the people cringing back into their seats a million times. now, i wasn't suckered by that, but i was curious to see these movies, so the set was cheap and i got it and watched them all right in a row. after i was done, i wondered just what all those people were cringing away from. must've been the prospect of having the couple in the first movie film themselves having sex. that was the only thing that scared me. huge waste of 8$.

i've just watched the first 20 minutes of Sinister and been creeped out more than the entire boxed set of PA.

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 3:35:10 AM PDT
NiccoloM says:
You mean the newer Chainsaws. The older one shocked and scared people.
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