I’ve seen many horror films and most of the time their rather horrible. Let’s not lie, there is a level you have to forget when it comes to what you can believe and what is down right silly and stupid to watch and enjoy most horror films. One that comes to mind is slasher films, but Sinister was damn good honestly.
The film opens up with a hanging of a family and some unseen force cuts the tree which ultimately hangs them. We meet true crime writer Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) who has moved into a house with his family where a murder took place months ago. We learn it’s the hanging family.
What makes the film so amazing is the fact of how it draws you in. Honestly nothing scary happens for most of the film. Where you have something evil, generally a ghost or demon showing up and doing something to cause problems ultimately lending to everyone’s death or in some cases a few deaths. Not the case with Sinister.
As the film plays out, Ellison is face with a horrible truth where he not only learns about the death that happen outside in the backyard but other murders that happen across the country. You see he finds a box in the attic that contains a projector and several reels of Standard 8 mm footage that are each labeled as innocent home movies.
We find out the home movies aren’t so innocent which lends to the final ending of the film which was amazing, I’m not going to spoil it for you. I do try my best to not spoil too much about films I review even know they’ve been out a long while. Sinister is one of those horror films that is true horror, unexplained and creepy at the same time. There isn’t too much of that shock factor gore if any honestly.
I was really shocked by the script as well, the acting was amazing I was really drawn in and cared about the characters. While some stuff was just left out or not explained, it didn’t really bother me too much because it focus on what it needed too and got to the point. If you haven’t pick up this film yet you really need too, it’s worth both rental or to own if you’re a collector.