Written May 26, 2013
This movie was very strange indeed. A man finds a bunch of ultra violent home movies in his new home, and watches them despite being disturbed by them. People hanging from trees, being cut up with lawnmowers, being burned alive inside a car and other sick and ultra violent / bloody things are among the movies, which the killer has labeled with "clever" titles, which are in reality stupid and hokey. Even after destroying the movies, they reappear. The movie ends in a truly absurd way and how the murders are connected really makes no sense either. I wouldn't recommend seeing this unless you are drunk, then it would likely be a fantastic movie under that circumstance.
Written October 27, 2014
The best part of the movie is the films. Just when I was convinced that found footage movies were tired and needed to be retired along comes a movie that completely refreshed the trope. And because the found footage is old 8 mm reels it has a distorted look and feel to it, adding to the film’s horror.
The films are more than just a plot device, they are a character in and of themselves. They are presented to Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke), like a dismembered mouse left by the family cat. Difference being that the cat’s offering is out of love. The films are something far more sinister. A self-serving delivery of evil. The films are grotesque echoes of things past, and things to come.
Halloween is the time for spine-chilling terror and Sinister is a perfect expression for the season.
Written September 22, 2014
This movie impressed me. A great plot, good dialogue, and Ethan Hawke definitely delivers. The scares came out of nowhere as well, which is always a must in Horror films.
It was a good, genuine, horror movie that I recommend.
Written October 21, 2014
It was a very slow build up. Ethan played an ok drunk dad. Here's what I thought was scary: the thunder storm at the movies, the stalker white van parked next to me, the lightening outside & the car driving on the wrong side of the road.
Written August 02, 2014
This movie was terrifying. In my opinion the music behind it made it more scary then the actual movie itself but in a good way. It was a little bit gory, thinking about how some of the people died made me cringe. I hate scary movies but I still go to every single one of them. I thought it was better then Insidious. Go!