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A 2012 film directed by Scott Derrickson

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  • May 21, 2013
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SINISTER

Supernatural/ghost/demon stories seem to always strike a chord with me for some reason. That whole things are there but you can't see them/things go bump in the night thing just gets me. I have always loved things like "Unsolved Mysteries" and "A Haunting" for just that reason. So when these types of movies come out I am always looking forward to seeing them. The best thing about these movies is when they do it right and have the right amount of atmosphere and chills. This kids is one of those movies as I ended up loving it, in fact it actually gave me chills at certain points.

Ellison Oswalt [Ethan Hawk] is a true crime writer that had a huge hit and then could never match the same level of success with each project following. But maybe just maybe this new project of his may turn things around. He and his family are moving into a house that at one time was the scene of a horrific multi murder. While there he is going to do his usual thing and investigate the crime and try to get back that fame he once had.

As it turns out he is not that welcome in town by its people or its law officials, but that is not the worst of things. Once settled in a little he discovers a box in the attic, the contents are a few films. So naturally he sets them up and watches them, turns out they are home movies of the murder he is investigating. The crazy thing is that there are more home movies of murders from different states and time periods in the box, and they may all be connected, and they may have brought the same evil into his home.

This is one of the best horror movie I have seen in a while, especially from here in America. I have really been enjoying foreign horror films more so the past couple of years but this one is very very good. Written by first timer C. Robert Cargill and director Scott Derrickson this movie has everything you could want from a horror flick. The best thing though in my opinion is the atmosphere of this dark movie. I also like that movie builds and doesn't rush anything. A lot of good movies have been ruined by that. Also the super 8 films that he watches are very creepy and seem very real

Acting wise I have to say that Ethan Hawk did a great job here, maybe my favorite performance from him. he plays a man who longs for something lost that slowly succumbs to something truly dark and evil. Juliet Rylance who plays his wife is also excellent here as are the children. All around I liked everyone here including all the supporting players, which is rare because there is usually someone who annoys me.

This film comes with some cool features including things on true crime writing but it is the audio commentaries that are the key to me. Firstly we have the director's commentary with Derrickson, and this is full of great insight into the making of the film. I would highly recommend viewing this movie with that commentary first as I think it was recorded first. Then of course we have the excellent and just as great writer's commentary with both Derrickson and Cargill. This commentary as all kinds of interesting facts and stuff that only adds to the film. I would highly recommend this film to any horror fan out there.

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May 21, 2013
First time I saw this, I was real impressed. I just had an issue later when Hawke's character did not seem to want to turn on the lights. I realize that it was 'atmosphere', but in reality one would turn on the lights whenever they could when something they feel is amiss
May 21, 2013
That is very true man, didn't even think of that.
 
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review by . November 04, 2012
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I’ve had quite a busy month and I realize that I haven’t been able to keep up with the recent new releases in October. There were a number of films that I really wanted to see, but my schedule (and my mental block) didn’t allow me to go out and review them. One of those films was the horror film directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) and by the producers of "Insidious" entitled “Sinister”. I thought perhaps that I should just wait for the …
review by . October 15, 2012
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Star Rating:         Sinister breaks no new ground as a supernatural horror movie, but it’s wonderfully atmospheric, it has a couple of really good scares, and it mixes its shocks, special effects, and makeup work with a surprisingly engaging mystery. As is the case with most mysteries, however, the buildup is much more satisfying than the explanation, which in this case seems rather arbitrary and speculative. I, for one, would have preferred a more psychological …
Quick Tip by . May 21, 2013
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This is one of the best horror movie I have seen in a while, especially from here in America. I have really been enjoying foreign horror films more so the past couple of years but this one is very very good. Written by first timer C. Robert Cargill and director Scott Derrickson this movie has everything you could want from a horror flick. The best thing though in my opinion is the atmosphere of this dark movie. I also like that movie builds and doesn't rush anything. A lot of good movies have been …
Quick Tip by . November 12, 2012
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"Sinister" is not a perfect horror movie. The groundwork far exceeds the quality of its pay off, but this is only because the build up was impeccably done. It stands as one of the better supernatural thrillers out there.      See Full Review here.     
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