Sinister (2012) Review
I remember wanting to see this because it looked terrifying. Trailer was fantastic and I like Ethan Hawke. Sadly I found the majority of the film boring and to say the least predictable. Disappointing but at least I didn’t go to cinema to see it. The story was ok but never wowed me. The acting was pretty good but the characters where stupid and boring. I can remember very few lines of dialogue but there was hysterical line from Hawke. Shocks and loud noises make me jump but don’t scare me, if you don’t add to that you get a low score. The style and sound was good. The visuals though where weak, took me right out of the film, must have gotten some kids off the street and told them to walk around Ethan Hawke in old cloths. Massive disappointment let’s move on.
True-crime writer Ellison Oswalt moves himself and his family into a house where an horrific crime took place earlier, but his family doesn’t know. He is trying to find out more about the crime so he can write a new book about it to help his flailing career. He uses some “snuff” film footage he finds in the house to help in his research, but he soon finds more than he bargained for. There is a figure in each of the films, but who or what is it? As a result, his family start to suffer (as does he), and things take a turn for the worse. Will they survive?
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Story: 60% Acting: 75% Characters: 50% Dialogue: 65%
Horror/Thrill: 25% Style/Sound: 60% Visuals: 40%
The story is alright but I felt they could do more with a soul stealing demon that targets children. It’s a scary idea but the film never scared me when it came to the story. The acting was good but I cannot relate to these characters, if you can get away in a horror situation but choose not to you are an idiot and I just don’t care if you live or die. Actually it means you’re an idiot so I hope you die. I would have put a much lower score for the dialogue if it weren’t for one line during a fight between husband and wife, only part of the film I enjoyed, it’s also my favourite scene and I will say what it is later.
You know a film isn’t going to be scary when they get the actors to whisper their lines and have low volume background noises and music. Why? Because they use the loud screeches and bang crashes to get people to jump in their seats. I don’t need you to test my reflexes. I would however like to be scared or thrilled by my horror films. Lazy writing and directing. The visuals where weak and could have been much better, and whilst most of the visuals where okay I didn’t see anything worth £5 from the effects. The Evil Dead had a couple of thousand to throw around; this had $3M that’s no excuse.
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The best reviews I found would be these “Relies more on “gotcha” moments than storytelling” Scott Bowles. “The movie is full of feints, shocks and scenes of particularly perverse violence, but nothing about it is fresh enough to haunt you in the night. It’s predictable” Mary F. Pols. “Is it scary? Creepy is more like it. “Sinister” makes you feel uneasy, lulls you into sleepy mode and then slaps you with a couple of cheap scares” Paul Chambers. “If we define [“sinister”] as meaning, “ominous, forbidding, portending of doom,” the film starts well enough, with suggestions of dark and sinister events to come; but soon other words creep into mind: stolid, sluggish, tedious” Steve Biodrowski.
My favourite scene would have to be when Ellison and Tracy are fighting over them moving to a house where people had been murdered and Ethan Hawke delivered the best line that just made laugh like a lunatic. “No I said it never happen in the house…it happened in the backyard”