Excerpt: I was most impressed with 'Sinister'. Very creepy, big on suspense, decent acting. Unfortunately I picked what was going to happen in the end very quickly, but it was still very effective. Much better than some of the other horror films around at the moment. The home movies added a point of difference and the discoveries that unfolded around each of these I thought was particularly clever.
Excerpt: The film offers relatively little that is new to the genre and the storyline telegraphs its surprises much too early. Despite this, it still manages to create a deeply unsettling atmosphere throughout the film, especially in the first half. The found footage of the murders are especially creepy.
Excerpt: Derrickson does the treatment a mishap. I was never hooked for the film. Just took a try. Literally the cumbersome plot does not make sense. The boogie man is neither haunting nor threatening. Sinister is a wooden spoon according to me. Ethan Hawke is not appealing. He can do really better than this. Derrickson takes the film to the trash. An aspiring writer along with his family goes for a change from his house. He finds some rare tapes recorded in super 8.
Excerpt: Atmosphere ... atmosphere ... atmosphere. It looks like it would be hard to say as a potential tongue-twister, but it isn't. However, say "Sinister" over and over as fast as you can, and ... Class A Tongue Twister. Much like the story that makes up this little gem. There is something to say about movies that can be frighteningly good--the kind that give you shivers down your spine and make the hair on your arms stand on end--without any over-the-top gore or torture porn.