13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2013
Sinister is a well written and acted film from start to finish, which does not go for gross-out horror but good old build ups of suspense and scares, crafting an almost dark perpetual, yep - 'sinister' atmosphere throughout. Add some very creepy sound effects and music, and what you have is one of the best 'scare' movies for sometime. If you are watching on your own late at night be ready for a very sinister investigation into some very gruesome murders and be prepared for some very nerve-shredding scares throughout!
44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2012
Finally a horror film that packs a punch and delivers on the hype.
Sinister is a very unsettling, disturbing and scary film.
From the very opening shot you know this film is going to be a ride. I found certain sequences in the movie extremely disturbing and some images were burned onto my subconscious memory long after the film had finished. This is a true horror film in the sense that there are a few jump scares but it does not rely on them which is refreshing and it is not a total gore-fest. It balances the two very well and delivers a very tense atmosphere with some harrowing images.
Ethan Hawke is good, he carries the film confidently as he delivers a very convincing performance. I happily watched him for the entire duration of the film and didn't find myself taken out of the film due to bad acting, which is rare in horror films nowadays.
The Blu Ray is good. Sharp images and some great moments for the surround sound. Not much to add.
This film successfully mixes the POV "Found Footage" style horror with the traditional narrative. Fans of the found footage genre will enjoy this but more importantly those who aren't fans of the genre might find this style works better for them as it blends both styles effectively.
I regard myself as a very hardened horror viewer and I am not easily scared...
When I got home after the cinema, I was spooked. I found myself closing my blinds and turning on all the lights.
Fresh horror, not exactly breaking new ground but it's a welcome change.
Not a particularly pleasant viewing, Sinister accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do.
Good, solid horror film.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2014
I've seen a lot of creepy films over the years and am not easily spooked by many nowadays, but this one, wow, I had no idea Sinister was going to be this good. I actually slept with the lights on lol; completely irrational I know, but that's the effect it had on me.
I highly-recommend Sinister to anyone who enjoys quality acting, (Ethan Hawke is fantastic in this) tons of suspense, a good story and superb unexpected twists and turns; building to an awesome climax in an amazing ending. I watched it twice and still jumped during one or two scenes. I thought the powerful and sinister-sounding music added to the existing creepiness of these scenes too.
This film is that good, I'm going to buy the DVD of it to add to my favourite creepy films collection. Five out of five stars from me. This is one very scary film.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Sinister tells the story of a crime writer who moves his family into a house that turns out to be the scene of a brutal murder of the previous family. The locals including the sherriff don't want them there and it soon becomes clear that there is something very wrong with the house and an evil sinister prescence is lurking. A slow but tense and creepy build up, excellent performances especially from Ethan Hawke in the lead role builds up into a genuinely terrifying film and an instant horror classic.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sinister follows true crime writer Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke), whose best seller novel was 10 years ago, now a distant memory for only his ardent of fans & many mortgages since. Looking to revive his carer, he stumbles across a case about a family that was murdered under brutal circumstances & one of the children gone missing. As the movie starts, we enter where Ellison is moving his family, unknown to them, into the home of the latest victims for him to investigate & get closer to the case. As he finds himself on the verge of a breakthrough, he realises that this is no ordinary case & that he has stumbled into something more sinister than he realised, putting himself & his own family in great danger.
Overall i found Sinister to be a good horror film, the story was well written & it engrossed me just as it did the main character Ellison, as he delved deeper & connected the dots, becoming wrapped up in the case. I couldn't wait to see what happened next. Being a horror film you'd expect there to be a few bumps in the night, and it usually take's something special to make me jump off my chair in this genre, so i was expectant. And happily i can confirm that Sinister managed to do it on more than one occasion, with it's eerie camera work & audio, mixed in with the stories content. The only downside for me from this movie, was the ending. After the great build up all the way through the film, i was expecting something amazing to finish it, but it felt, not anticlimactic as such, but, rushed, left open ended, no closure. The only reason i can think of to do this, is that possibly they want to lead Sinister into a movie franchise.
On the acting front, Ethan Hawke (Training Day) was great as the lead, carrying the film well as the under pressure author who has to contend with family life, while trying to keep it together as he finds out gruesome details that push him to breaking point. Successful British theatre actress, Juliet Rylance, put in a decent performance as Ellison's wife (in one her few film nods), but it was obvious to see her inexperience infront of the camera in places. Hopefully with more movie work, she will be one to watch. The children played by Michael Hall D'Addario (People Like Us) & Calre Foley(Win Win) were very good indeed, and in general they all had a good believable rapport as a family.
In conclusion, Sinister is a good horror movie that's only marred by a love/hate ending. I'm sure there will be a sequel. Recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not quite a three star film but not a four either! Sinister has quite a good plot overall with a few twists and turns but I think that it could have been a whole lot better if the studio didn't build in the intention of a sequel. Reasonably well acted and with a few good 'jump' scenes it is quite a disturbing film overall. I found the DVD transfer to be a little dark and indistinct in places despite watching it via a good upscaling player and decent TV. It was worth watching but glad that we borrowed this from our daughter instead of buying it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2013
As a life long horror fan I am always searching for something that creeps me out. I am not into gratuitous blood and gore or over the top violence but really enjoy a genuinely creepy film.
I received two films for my recent birthday, this one and 'The Cabin In The Woods' which I watched first and thought was a load of tosh! After being disappointed with the first film, I put 'Sinister' in the player with an open mind, not expecting too much. This is probably the best way to view a film as hype usually leads to disappointment.
I have found that since starting a family I am not to comfortable with films involving children being harmed. My partner feels the same and bailed out after about 20 minutes, but I stuck with it and it turned out to be a really good and genuinely scary story, well acted all round and very well shot.
I wont go further into the plot but if you like films such as 'Stir of Echoes', 'Dead End', 'Session 9', 'Insidious', Paranormal Activity', 'Case 39' to name a few of my favorites then give this one a go. I will defiantly be keeping it for the collection, unlike 'Cabin in the Woods' which is heading for the charity shop!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2013
While this film uses many of the usual horror staples, it executes them with such skill that everything is bestowed a new terror. The main character is, as in all such films, prone to unwise action, but his motives are well presented, and in fact all the characters, for their limited interactions, feel refreshingly intelligent.
This was my first horror movie in full HD, and I was blown away by the video quality. Even with its many dark scenes, the picture is beautiful and crisp (with the exception of a few projector sequences which are left intentionally grainy). Surround sound definitely enhances the scare factor, and the film's eerie soundtrack can be just as unsettling as the disturbing footage Ellison finds in his attic.
If you're going to watch one "haunted house" movie, let it be this one.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2014
This review isn't about bashing the movie, it's about telling you what my personal experience was watching it. A lot of people gave this movie a very good score, and I firmly believe people are entitled to like or dislike something for their very own personal reasons - which are all valid. For me, the only thing sinister about this movie was its title. Let me explain.
The story (in short, no spoilers): a crime scene writer goes to live with his family (wife, daughter and son) in a house where a murder took place, as to better write a book about it. He finds tapes in the attic and when watching them, discovers clues of the murder. By doing so he uncovers something that puts his life and that of his family in danger.
I found the characters as flat as the story and sometimes downright annoying, which made it impossible for me to feel anything for anyone. As for the scares in it, I'm really not that difficult to please but boy, another lengthy scene of the lead character walking from point A to B in his house without anything happening and badly done? Come on. And when I finally got to see something relevant, I found it so predictable, ridiculous (what was the make-up department thinking?) and illogical that it just could not scare me. Also, the ending held no surprises for me.
I thought it started out promising, and it surely had a lot of ingredients to make something nice. But it just didn't deliver. It's not that the actors are all bad: actually, Ethan Hawke looked like he really made an effort. But that's about it. For me, anyway.
My opinion: watch it and see for yourself if you like it or not!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
'ellison' and his family have a new home.
he is seeking inspiration for his new book.
early on he comes across a box in the attic which contains several
reels of home-movies and a projector,
the films show graphic images of a series of killings in seperate
locations including at the house they now call home, 'ellison' trys to
find a link between them.
with things that go bump in the night and images designed to startle
along with much in the way of tension.............the film will allmost
certainly hold your attention,---if yer still breathing that is.
better than many films of this type i've seen in recent times.