Sinister (2012) Movie Review [10/10 - Awesome]
Review by Film.com
Your pants. Do you like having them scared off you? Then you and your pants will enjoy Sinister, a deeply frightening horror film that takes its obligation to alarm very seriously. If this isn’t the most disquieting movie I see in 2012, I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle whatever is. Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) is an author of true-crime books whose biggest achievement, the New York Times bestseller “Kentucky Blood,” was a decade ago. Increasingly desperate for another hit, he has moved to a small Pennsylvania town where the disappearance of a young girl and the murder of her entire family were never solved. He intends to immerse himself in the case, write a book, and maybe bring about some justice. His reputation for being able to find things the police missed does not endear him to the local cops, as represented by an unwelcoming sheriff (Fred Dalton Thompson).
He’s not too popular with his own family, either. His wife, Tracy (Juliet Rylance), is tired of moving to places where awful things have happened and being treated like a ghoul for it. Their 12-year-old son, Trevor (Michael Hall D’Addario), sometimes has night terrors, and is at the age where he wants to know the grisly details of his dad’s work.
Review by Empire Online
Crime writer Ellison (Ethan Hawke) moves into a house to research a book about a mass hanging, without telling his wife (Juliet Rylance) or children that they’re living in a crime scene. Home movies found in the attic suggest a serial killer — or supernatural force — is responsible for the atrocities. Sinister see-saws between crime mystery and spooky stuff, as the slightly unhinged hero gets deeper into a puzzle that poses a threat to him and his family.
Review by Filmgaze.com
Its blood-splattered poster, complete with promises of ‘genuinely scaring the hell out of you’ depends on your previous encounters with spooky goings-on in condemned houses. Sinister by The Exorcism of Emily Rose creator Scott Derrickson, in summary, certainly puts the ‘creepy’ back into four domestic walls, but the horror tick boxes of bumps in the night, leaving lights off to investigate, and decaying faces of those damned have been done to death before that it initially feels rather ‘same-y’. In fact, there is more to it than first meets the eye, and the exploration of curiosity that certainly kills the cat.
In Sinister, true-crime novelist Ellison (Ethan Hawke) again moves his family to another gruesome location to start writing on his next book, much to the distaste of a local law enforcement chief. Unbeknown to his loved ones, they have moved to Spooks Central, cursed by a strange demon that feeds off young souls through interacting through image.