Excerpt: True crime novelist Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) has moved his family into a new home where he plans to write a book about the disappearance of a young girl after her entire family was murdered. What his wife (Juliet Rylance) and family don't realize, is that the house they moved into was where those horrible murders took place.
Conclusion: With a strong lead performance by Ethan Hawke, 'Sinister' is a frightfully well-executed horror movie with several shocks and a spooky atmosphere. From director Scott Derrickson, the film is a conventional, standard affair, but he makes it work as a fun and wholly satisfying piece of entertainment. The Blu-ray arrives with an excellent, near-reference audio/video presentation that generates a fearsome experience.
Summary: Troubled writers have been something of a staple in a lot of horror films, probably most iconically in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining . But there have been a raft of other thrillers featuring writing in some way, shape or form, including The Ninth Gate , Secret Window (both starring Johnny Depp) and The Number 23 .
Conclusion: Sinister is heavy in atmosphere and scares, and Director Scott Derrickson's film features a solid scare catalyst: a box of Super 8 snuff films that show grisly, unsolved killings. Ethan Hawke's true-crime writer drags his family to a new town to research a recent murder, and gets wrapped up in a greater conspiracy after finding the grisly reels in his attic.
Excerpt: Director Scott Derrickson shows a great deal of potential in his new horror film Sinister . He chooses interesting angles and framing techniques that pay off for him in a big way and give the entire movie a sense of dread. Now we just have to wait for his writing skills to catch up.
Excerpt: Two trendlets of the mid-2000s—the hitch-stepped, image-phobic world of J-horror films like The Ring and Pulse , and bleak, hard-R extreme horror—combine to diabolical effect in Scott Derrickson’s Sinister , an occult thriller that scares with an absolute relentlessness. Derrickson previously directed The Exorcism Of Emily Rose , a hysterical demon-possession movie that turned a chilling true story—realized much more subtly a year later in the German film Requiem —into...
Summary: You don’t always need to reinvent the horror wheel, and in a genre full of cube-pushers, Sinister spins like a buzz-saw. Burrowing under your skin further than The Conjuring , Scott Derrickson ( The Exorcism of Emily Rose ) contorts its many derivative horror elements into something freshly freakish.