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: I consider myself a horror fan, and while I enjoy the whole blood and guys angle now and then, I much prefer the films that are more about atmosphere and digging down into the recesses of your mind rather than some guy in a mask killing indiscriminately. Sinister is one of those films that will get under your skin and linger - and while the payoff is not quite as good as the buildup, it's still one of the best horror films to come out in awhile.
Excerpt: I guess seeing this in the theatre up on the big screen would make this more scary then it was (I was priveledged enough to see a home copy that was lent to me by a freind of mine who gets screeners sent to him) However that being said i would have to say over all the film itself was creepy but i guess i dont scare that easily as i only jumped once or twice (Unlike movies like the Paranormal films where you can find me plastered to the ceiling) the scariest thing about...
Excerpt: Upon further review I must give sinister a higher rating. No film this year (at least non-foreign) have given me such an intense creepiness that burrowed under my skin, and took me a day or so to shake. (Waking up in the middle of the night with my door mysteriously didn't help matters.) Is it a masterpiece? Not by a long shot, but it's so damn disturbing, thanks in part to one of the most intensely creepy sound tracks to come along since the The Ring.
Excerpt: Sinister is far from perfect, but it must be said that it had my stomach in knots as I watched it. It's a very, very, creepy film. The featured murder tapes are just plain spine-chilling, thanks in part to one of the scariest horror soundtracks to come along since The Ring. Ethan Hawke is also very good in his role. The ending may be a tad disappointing and weak, but it's the build-up to it that is tops. I haven't jumped so much in the theater in a long time.
Summary: Being that I had zero expectations and little desire to see this film, I was pleasantly surprised at just how good it turned out. 'Sinister' is not only the most chilling horror film I've seen this year, but it also contains many effective scares that provoked a reaction from me. I actually let out a yell once. Can't remember the last time I ever did that during a movie.
Excerpt: For the last couple of years, I've always had light expectations when it came to horror films. That's because they've been so effortless and cheesy and ridiculously bad, and the ones that look great aren't so great. The last horror film I remember having high anticipations for was last year's Insidious, which I thought was average.
Conclusion: It is usually a rule of mine not to buy films without watching it first, I made the mistake of buying Insidious without watching it first and ended up pretty disappointed but i'm glad I took the risk with this! It loses one star because of the awful cringeworthy acting from the wife but apart from that it was very enjoyable, very good story that draws you in and makes you think, and of course Ethan Hawke is on form as usual, and the tension stays throughout the film...