Sinister (2012) Review

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Sinister (2012) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on November 30th, 2020 | Movie Review | Supernatural, Demon, Haunted House - Cursed, Cursed Image

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It's about a true crime writer who moves his family into a house where another family was murdered, and a supernatural entity that wants to murder them too.

Sinister was directed by Scott Derrickson (who also directed Deliver Us From Evil, Hellraiser: Inferno and The Exorcism Of Emily Rose) and stars James Ransone (from It: Chapter 2Family Blood and Sinister 2), and Ethan Hawke (from Regression, The Purge, Daybreakers and Predestination).

Once you see him, nothing can save you

Sinister Review

Sinister is a supernatural horror movie about a guy who had his 15 minutes of fame as a true crime novelist a couple decades back. He got word of a new unsolved murder mystery and jumped at the chance to turn it into his next cash cow. So he moves his entire family into the very house where the murders happened. He doesn't tell them this of course, they have to find out the hard way.

It kinda reminded me of The Ring mainly because, like Sinister, it involves a cursed video that basically screws you the moment you watch it. There's a little bit of time for you to try to figure out what's going on and to try to stop it, but ultimately you're screwed. The Ring also centers around a young dead girl who does the killing. Sinister is similar, although explaining exactly how would offer up spoilers so I'll leave it at that.

Ellison, the true crime writer, stumbles onto an old box of antique video tapes in the attic of the murder house. As research for his new book, he starts watching through them. They're all basically snuff films starting with actual footage of the family who lived in the house before them being murdered. The rest showcase other families being murdered in various creative ways across many decades. After absorbing the shock of this footage he starts to investigate the murders and finds a common link between them all, an ancient supernatural entity called Bughuul.

When I first watched Sinister years ago I found it scary as hell. The snuff film angle makes it dark and the way the story unfolds is super intense. Ellison is basically doomed from day one and nothing he tries can stop it. Supernatural events come at him from every angle and he has to deal with other real world problems at the same time including nosy cops, an angry wife, traumatized kids and his own ambition to write one more best seller. All of these things circling him along with the concept of Bughuul, shocking visuals and a brilliant soundtrack make the movie one of the scariest horror movies I've seen in a long time. 

Sinister is perfect for jaded horror fans who have seen so many movies that it seems nothing can scare them anymore. I know this has been out for awhile now already but if the twist hasn't yet been spoiled for you, this movie might grab you as much as it did me.

Worth Watching?

Definitely. I have yet to come across one person who didn't love Sinister. It's modern horror done right.

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