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Sinister (2012)



Critic Consensus: Its plot hinges on typically implausible horror-movie behavior and recycles countless genre cliches, but Sinister delivers a surprising number of fresh, diabolical twists.

Movie Info

Sinister is a frightening new thriller from the producer of the Paranormal Activity films and the writer-director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Ethan Hawke plays a true crime novelist who discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing home movies that plunge his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror. -- (C) Summitmore
Rating: R (for disturbing violent images and some terror)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill, Scott Derrickson &
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 19, 2013
Box Office: $48.1M
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


Ethan Hawke
as Ellison Oswalt
Rob Riley
as E.M.T.
Janet Zappala
as Reporter
Victoria Leigh
as Stephanie
Ethan Haberfield
as Pool Party Boy
Danielle Kotch
as Lawn Work Girl
Blake Mizrahi
as Sleepy Time Boy
Nick King
as Bughuul/Mr. Boogie
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Critic Reviews for Sinister

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (26)

What makes Sinister work, or at least work enough... is the fuzzy images on those 8mm film reels, an ancient relic of the olden times when what's captured on film instantly feels like the past tense, tinged with morbid fatality.

Full Review… | May 10, 2016
Bangkok Post

Even the daytime scenes are shrouded in such deep shadows, you're mainly left wondering why nobody ever just turns on the damn lights.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

In its own right, it's atmospheric, just not very memorable or scary.

Full Review… | January 7, 2014
Cinema Crazed

One of the more authentically scary horror thrillers to haunt the screen in some time, a product of smart filmmaking, intriguing premise and a great lead performance from Ethan Hawke.

Full Review… | June 11, 2013
Matt's Movie Reviews

Highly effective, tense little fright rouser... If you're a horror fan, you won't be disappointed.

Full Review… | June 10, 2013

Hawke brings a gravitas to the role of parent and home protector that is of far greater interest than the film itself.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013

Audience Reviews for Sinister

The classic case of a great premise, cast and decent delivery is entirely ruined by a preachy, downright laughable final twist that is so predictable and unscary you can't help you just wasted two hours of your life. Which is sad, because for the longest time this is interesting and has a few decent scares. When will the Evil Kids trope finally die? Oh and before you think I'm spoiling anything, the poster already does apparently. At least the use of music is overall fantastic here.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

It's been a long time since I can say that a horror flick instilled horror in me...but this one scared the beejeebers out of me. I was completely creeped out throughout the entire movie. Even the background music, and sound effects, were spooking me. I am most definitely going to have trouble sleeping with the lights off tonight. Yikes!

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

I was haunted by the ghostly snuff films; something about the scratchy old 8mm films and the satanic music which accompanies the images creeped me out. The rules of the cursed films is quite interesting when realized. Ehan Hawke's curiosity gets the better of him and his family. The plot of the tortured author is getting a bit tired. The boogedy demon in charge of the curse is quite freaky. Things tend to go to hell in the second half, but it fits with the curse. The scene of their boy in the box seemed like a tacked-on red herring to the real horrors. The internet expert and police assistant were a bit silly. The ending was no surprise with not enough tragedy shown to be considered a payoff after sitting through so many scenes of building creepiness.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

Sinister Quotes

Ellison Oswalt: Bad things happen to good people and they still have to have their story told.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)
Ellison: Tracy, nobody died here. It's not like we're sleeping where somebody was killed or they had to wipe blood off the walls for the open house.
Tracy: You're saying it didn't happen here?
Ellison: No, no. It happened in the backyard.
Tracy: That is so sick! God, you think that makes a difference?
– Submitted by David S (3 years ago)
Ashley: Don't worry Daddy, I'll make you famous again.
– Submitted by Andrew D (3 years ago)
Tracy: There are plenty of other ways you can provide for this family.
Ellison: Doing what? Teaching? Editing journalism textbooks? Don't you understand that writing is what gives my life meaning? These books are my legacy!
Tracy: I have always supported you doing what you love, Ellison. But writing isn't the meaning of your life. You and me, right here, this marriage: that's the meaning of your life. And your legacy? That's Ashley and Trevor. Your kids are your legacy.
– Submitted by Nadia S (3 years ago)

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