Sinister (2012) Movie Review
Released : Oct. 12th, 2012
Reviewed : Oct. 31st, 2012
Genre : Horror
Story (from IMDB) :
Found footage helps a true-crime author realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.
A shockingly disturbing horror movie nowadays is a rare thing but this film deliverers on it more than one would assume.
Story wise the movie keeps the premise rather simple with the story revolving around a a crime author moving into the house of a unsolved murder / missing child case only to discover there is more to it. The execution to this is done perfectly though threw the footage he finds. The footage itself is disturbing on its own but with each viewing of it they show more and the story unfolds. One of the most rattling things about this movie though that really draws it into almost a more suspenseful driven horror film rather than a more jump scene driven one is the use of sound. The sound of the super 8 films playing while watching the disturbing films sets your nerves on end.
Even with the movie really only focusing on Ethan Hawk’s character as being the one that gets some development it still doesn’t take to much away from the film. The family though really doesn’t get much attention other than the knowing fact of their existence which is good because I really didn’t care for the wife in the film to begin with. The demon in this movie also carries a big part in creating the creepiness of this film since it is actually creepy and the scenes where they show him are during mostly drawn out suspense scenes. The sight of him does give you a chill.
The big down fall of this movie is the last part of it though. They develop this big back story which plays out for the movie well but end up doing a quick almost rushed ending. The ending itself is unsatisfying in several aspects the biggest one being the way that it ends just makes it feel rushed and unfilled. If they kept the ending but showed it through the view of the Super 8 camera it would have been a little better and tied into the movie itself more.
Overall though even with the flawed ending the movie itself is still a great viewing and shows the even today a good horror movie can be made.