Written September 23, 2014
Quite honestly, I can't think of a single creeper in years that was this decent.
I haven't heard girls get freaked out like this in years. This is a worthy movie.
Only thing I was getting concerned about when I saw how it would end is that it would end too abruptly and not explain something, but I was wrong and it had acceptable ending that resolved my big question.
I challenge these people writing bad reviews to name one thing in years in this genre that has been anywhere even close to how good this was. Name something, you can't.
Written August 22, 2014
I was holding my moms arm so tight throughout the entire thing. It was scary, and had a lot of moments that make you jump. Some graphics could have been better, and I feel like they could have shown the scary guy more. But it did scare me! I say go see it, the best scary movie out at the moment
Written September 30, 2014
Sinister isn't a bad movie, but its not good either. I've watched a lot of horror movies over the years so maybe I'm just desensitized, but Woman in Black is a MUCH better film with similar themes. I didn't even think Sinister was scary. I was expecting a lot more suspense, but it actually had quite a few parts that I thought were boring and irrelevant. I kept thinking something would pop out, but most of the time nothing happened. If you do see it expect to roll your eyes frequently at the complete and utter stupidity of the main character. Instead of grabbing a baseball bat and running around the house in the dark, why not consider a light switch instead?
If you've watched a lot of horror movies then this won't be anything special to you. But if you are very sensitive (see: easily bothered) or you thought that Paranormal Activity was great and terrifying- then you'll probably like this. Otherwise I'd say rent it and save $10.
Written October 15, 2012
First downfall is no one ever wants to turn on a freaking light. All the suspense happening is in a dark house fully capable of being lit. Second is that while I usually like Ethan Hawk..his drinking and closed off personallity annoyed the hell out of me. The scorpion/snake/dog/ symbols were used so randomly and just had no impact on building the fear. Aside from a few loud thumps..there were no shocking moments save for the lawn mower scene. It was the last 30 minutes that totally ruined the movie with the strupid unscarey kids all putting their fingers to their mouths and saying shhhhhhhh...it had an element of creepiness but that lasted 4 seconds. WHen he burns the film and projector and it shoiws up again in tact is where I was wishing I was home pounding my thumb with a hammer. WASTE OF TIME
Written July 26, 2014
While I'm not a a fanatic of horror films, I did enjoy this one. The film makers do a great job of using wide angles and camera movement to keep you on your toes and to cloak the predictability of the scares. You will find yourself equally disappointed by the scare value in some scenes as you are rewarded in others. They manipulate the timing and sound very well to supplement the great camera and edit work. Good scare value in this film.
The story is a rehashing of the Boogie Man folklore but it takes awhile for that story to materialize. I would say overall: It's above average for a scare flick. Mixes in a little bit of the disturb-factor and you get a decent Halloween movie.
One note to be made: Mr. Ransone (the deputy) does a great job stealing scenes from Hawke. His chops as a comical actor were superb. Timing was great.