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Published on July 22nd, 2013 | by Allan Brown


Sinister Review


Movie Review: Sinister (2012)Sinister-film-poster. movie-review-world

Rating: (15)

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.




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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.

ethan-hawke-stands-infront-of projected image of a tree hanging in the film sinister. movie-review-worldFor 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.

bagul-stands-infront of children in a ritual from the movie-sinister. movie-review-worldThe 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…

Sinister Review Allan Brown


Summary: Another horror film that far from delivers on its promise. Poorly executed


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2 Responses to Sinister Review

  1. Dan O. says:

    Wasn’t perfect, but yet, it wasn’t all that bad either. I had a great time when it would just scare me for fun, but still feel deserved and not one of those typical, cheap ones we see in so many crappy horror movies of today. Nice review Allan.

    • Allan Brown says:

      I felt it started of with real promise and the tension build up was good, even the found footage was eerie, but ultiimately I was left dissapointed. I was expecting so much more than was delievered, especially with Ethan Hawke attached to the project. Cheers for the comments Dan O.

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