Friday, October 12, 2012

Sinister - Movie Review

Who's in it? 
Ethan HawkeJuliet Rylance and James Ransone

What's it About? 

Ethan Hawke is a true crime novelist moving to a new town with his young family and struggling with writer's block. The discovery of a box of old movies in the attic of their new home reveals not only has a family been murdered there but there's more than one movie and more than one family that has met a disgustingly grisly end at the hands of a mysterious evil entity. The Pagan deity named Bagul, who uses these recorded images to travel between dimensions and consumes the souls of human children, once you've seen him, he's seen you. 

Any Good? 

In my opinion? Nope. Coming from the makers of The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Paranormal Activity, Sinister was one of the most disturbingly unpleasant films I've had the misfortune to watch and that's from someone who kinda enjoyed Wolf Creek. There's nothing about flashing imagery of families including young children being slaughtered that floats my movie loving boat. 

There are shocks, jumps and genuine scares aplenty and Hawke does a fantastic job playing the beleaguered protagonist but the footage of the murders really rubbed me the wrong way. 
It's the first time in a long time that I actually wanted to leave the cinema, perhaps that's just the Momma in me. 

If you like your horrors pretty horrifying then I can see you loving this. Our late night screening was a mixture of yelps, groans and uneasy laughter with audible relief once the credits rolled. It's honestly one of the most uncomfortable cinema experiences I've ever had. Go have a go if you think you're hard enough. 


1 comment:

Dan O. said...

It's not as freaky as I would have liked it to be, but with a moody atmosphere, it still delivers the goods on being scary in the right way a horror movie should. Great review Sue.