Written February 07, 2016
This is a great horror movie that really builds up the suspense and gives you those jump-out-of-your-seat moments. Very creepy and jarring ending. We thoroughly enjoyed it. 'Old School' suspenseful horror at its best.
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 02, 2015
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 May 06, 2016
if your looking for a good old scary movie but with out the riddiculous amount of blood or goure then this is it makes you jump instead of feeling sick to your stomach
Written May 26, 2016
I have been watching horror/suspense movies since I was 11 years old. I have seen almost every B horror movie from the 80s and most of the "classic" horror movies. I am usually not impressed by more recent genre of horror movies as they fail to correctly build suspense, the soundtrack ruins the moment, or obvious attempts to shock the audience.
However, this movie much like Insidious was in excellent form. It managed to perfectly build the moment and hit you when you least expected it. The soundtrack (unlike most movies which actually damage the potential fear factor) was amazing. It was a mix of sinister (pun intended) and eerie sound combinations that really put chills down my spine.
Acting was superb, no cheesy reactions or unrealistic responses from characters that can turn a good horror into a hilarious B movie. Anyone who is a fan of Insidious, or enjoys being thoroughly traumatized by a good scare, this is definitely a must see movie.