Published on July 22nd, 2013 | by Allan Brown2
Movie Review: Sinister (2012)
Director: Scott Derrickson
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Juliet Rylance
Plot: A once successful crime writer moves his unsuspecting family into a house with a dark past.
True crime writer Ellison Oswalt is looking for his next big story and decides it may lie in a house that was once witness to a mass hanging. Without telling his family of its tragic past they move in and as his research begins Ellison uncovers the properties true past.
For the past few decades cinema has been awash with lazy throw away horror films, each a copy and paste from the one before. Hollywood’s sure way to make a quick buck, “If it’s not broken then why fix it”. Hollywood knows its market and its teenage target audience who have become so accustomed to the sloppy, poorly made genre movie that they have inevitably become the norm.
So what makes Sinister different? Well, nothing really. The film starts with promise with some effective tension being built and then there’s the home video footage which is truly disturbing, however this quickly slides into the ridiculous and ultimately the monotonous.
The cast never quite seem to gel on screen as a family. The dialogue between them seems clunky and unnatural. When the supernatural element eventually kicks in we are exposed to ghost children and the chief antagonist himself the pagan demon Bagul / Mr Boogie. The special effects feel and look extremely amateurish and leave you feeling cheated. The drama that unfolds in several key scenes in the film are poorly executed and at times are more likely to result in a snigger than a gasp. With a wafer thin narrative there’s very little here to keep you guessing for its 110 minute running time…
Summary: Another horror film that far from delivers on its promise. Poorly executed