Film Review: Sinister

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There’s been a lot of talk about how Hollywood isn’t original anymore but when it comes to horror how many ways can you scare someone? How original do you have to be? Does it take something new or can you rely on the tried and true?

  

Sinister tells the tale of Oswalt family haunted by a supernatural being after Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke), patient a true crime novelist, order moves his family into the home of the ghoul’s latest victims. Specializing in unsolved crimes, price Ethan believes the local police overlooked and missed connections that let the killer escape justice. After finding film evidence for multiple murders, Ethan believes he’s on the brink of solving the killings spanning the 20th century but with the help of the local deputy (James Ransone) Ellison soon learns that the murders have a darker connection. Ethan tries to act fast and move his family out of harm’s way before it’s too late.

  

Sinister combines the horror elements of haunting, possession, and “found footage” in an attempt to scare you from every angle possible but it came off more as cheesy rather than creepy. The flick had a few genuine frights but most of the scares were predictable (from seeing them in the trailer) and evoked laughter from the audience. Of course, I say that having watched the movie in a theater full of people but we all may have felt different viewing it alone in a dark, TV lit bedroom. Sinister also joins the increasing amount of horror movies that show you the supernatural being, rather than it inhabiting a host.

 

Credit: Summit Entertainment

 

Even though the plot had a wide open door for an incredible twist, Sinister trods down an already beaten path and misses an opportunity to be something different – a unique horror/psychological thriller movie. Sinister could have hit you with the ole bait-n-switch routine to separate itself from the already forgotten horror flicks of recent past but to its own chagrin, Sinister didn’t break any new ground. The misdirection only led to a dead-end with the ending more or less alluded to in the trailers.

 

 

With all of that said, the music score for Sinister was modern and fresh. It wasn’t the classic drones of strings that built the tension but rather gritty repeating patterns that gave each killing scene it’s own ambiance. It’s enough to almost warrant catching it a second time.

  

But I’ll probably forget.

  

Movie Moment of Zen:
‘Family Hanging Out’

  

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Disclaimer: I’m an employee of Turner Broadcasting, a division of Time Warner, however the views expressed in this post are of my own.

  

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