Sinister (2012)

Sinister (2012)
Running Time: 110 minutes

Photo Credit: Summit Entertainment
Photo Credit: Summit Entertainment

Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone, Clare Foley

Sinister is a supernatural horror film that follows true-crime writer, Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) and his family move into a house whereby the previous owners were brutally murdered in. However, his family does not know about the nature of the house and as Ellison researches about the crime so he can churn out another novel, in hopes to save his flailing career. During the investigation, he finds some Super 8 film footage in the house that shows the murders of not only the previous house owners, but also that of a few other families. The common denominator in the footages is a demonic figure and a missing child. But as Ellison continues to dwell further into the investigation, his family starts to suffer, including him, and things start to get out of hand…

Well, let me start by saying, it’s not another SAW gory flick and it’s not exactly your classic Woman in Black sort of horror film, it’s a mixture of both I would say, but leaning more towards the supernatural side. It definitely has its jump-out-of-your-seats moments, but all in all, I think the storyline is pretty decent, in some ways, a little predictable, but still enjoyable. Ethan Hawke’s acting was top-notch as always, as he portrays a writer who struggles to find the perfect material to help boost his career, at the same time he tries to be a good father who could provide the best for his family. His character definitely reminds me of Jack Nicholson in “The Shining.”  While the editing and special effects were pretty decent, but expected at times.

Overall, it’s a pretty decent horror flick and quite enjoyable for horror films enthusiasts.

Rating: 6 out of 10.



2 thoughts on “Sinister (2012)

  1. I found the ‘human’ not the supernatural events in the film to be more interesting: the likening of the obsessions of a writer to get one last big hit to that of a gambler. In this case, his wife exposes the gamble. The acting was brilliant put the plot weakens when it dwells on the child devouring pagan spirit.

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