SINISTER (movie review)

It’s kind of refreshing when a new horror movie has genuinely suspenseful scenes and some truly decent scary moments.


Such is the case with Sinister, the 2012 supernatural horror thriller from Jason Bloom, the producer of the Paranormal Activity films and Scott Derrickson, the writer-director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose.  Deliciously creepy and had me on the edge of my seat more than once.

OK, here’s the deal… Ethan Hawke plays a true crime novelist who moves into a house that was the scene of a gruesome multiple murder. He discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing homemade snuff movies that plunge his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror. The more the writer discovers about the horrific murders, the more the evil entity behind it all grows and becomes stronger.

Mayhem ensues… when the supernatural ritual/serial killer starts taking over the writer, the house and his family.

Found footage, 8mm film, digital videos, photos, hallucinations, sleep walking, night terrors, writer in a new home looking at some old images and going nuts because a supernatural evil is taking over the place (think The Shining), the impending doom of someone who has watched the wrong movie (think The Ring). Yes, Sinister does incorporate many elements from previous movies but it still manages to put together a scary tale that is sure to give you more than a few  goosebumps. gives Sinister a 63% freshness rating. Normally, this is, to me, a bad sign. If a movie has a high rating, I usually love it. If it has a really low rating, I usually love it. I rarely enjoy movies that get the equivalent of a C average. Sinister is an exception. Ethan Hawke is very good as the writer. The horror atmosphere of the movie is almost always dark. Literally. Even when the lights are on, the house seems to be shrouded in darkness. [1]

I do have to admit that the ‘evil supernatural force’ schtick is a bit stupid but you can’t have everything.

My two cents… Sinister is by no means a great horror movie. It’s more creepy than scary. But if you want something to get the old ticker going, this may be the one for you.

Bottom line… Perfectly decent popcorn horror movie. Great to watch with a gf/bf/date [1] who appreciates a good scare,


[1] And while we’re on the subject, why doesn’t anyone in this film turn on the lights when they walk into a dark room? Seriously, for the whole movie people are stumbling around in the dark for no reason.

[2] Speaking of dates, I am most likely dating myself with the use of the word ‘date.’ Does anyone date anymore? Please advise.


2 comments on “SINISTER (movie review)

  1. renxkyoko says:

    Ha ! There’s no thriller that I don’t like.

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