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: 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.
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: True crime writer Ellison (Ethan Hawke) decides to revive his floundering career by moving his loved ones into that suburban house where a family were slaughtered. he gets more horror than he bargained for when his investigation of the unsolved crime turns up a batch of mysterious and brutal home movies in the attic. This thriller borrows a lot from insidious but with better results as if the same producers have learn't from the mistakes.