Excerpt: It’s all “found footage” movies in the horror genre it seems ever since Paranormal Activity succeeded in becoming a mega-success. At least, that’s how it appears. The latest project in this subgenre? Sinister, by the producers of Insidious and… Paranormal Activity! And still.
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.
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.
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...