After moving to a new town, a true-crime writer discovers a cache of videotapes depicting brutal murders that took place in the very house he just bought. As he tries to solve the mystery behind the crimes, a sinister force threatens his own family.

Rating: 8 out of 10

When my wife and I went to opening night, we each were worried our movie experience was ruined before it began. The theater was full of chatty teenagers. But two minutes into this movie, the audience was dead silent — no pun intended. To me, keeping teenagers quiet is the mark of a great horror movie.

To say this is simply a horror movie is selling it short, though. It’s loaded with mystery and breathtaking suspense that is well paced and intelligent. This movie could make some noise at the Golden Globes — but probably not the Oscars. Ethan Hawke propels the movie with a very strong performance of a man whose ego and drive for success puts his family in danger. There are plenty of jump-out-of-your skin moments, but they’re set up with excellent patience by director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose). Derrickson shows maturity in directing a truly chilling story that never takes the cheap way out. It’s gruesome at times, but it’s smart. It never shows every bloody detail, which makes it far more frightening.

This is a horror movie, I believe, that crosses genres and appeals to a much wider audience than the teenage crowd who filled the theater where I saw “Sinister.” Think of this movie more like “The Others” or “Seven” than a traditional slasher flick. It’s a fresh new horror tale that’s anything but typical.



11 responses to “Sinister

  1. A proper scary movie with a bit of suspense. I like the sound of that!
    Lynn 😀

  2. I’ve had a feeling in my guts from day one that Sinister was a production to watch out for. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I can’t wait to see it. Good review! Thanks.

  3. thunderrockerri

    I’ve been so excited to see this film! Thank you for reviewing this; it’s a bit of positive reinforcement for the vibes I’ve been getting from “Sinister.”

  4. I recently went and watched as well. Im not a big horror film fan but my other half is and he really wanted me to go and I must say I actually really enjoyed it. It was the perfect blend of suspence and gore (done the right way).

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  6. Definetley the Scariest movie of the year, much different then other scary movies and by far the scariest one I have seen.

  7. Really enjoyed it…

    Enough atmosphere and character to take your mind of the superficial ending and lack of focus in the final 20 minutes…

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