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.
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Critic Reviews for Sinister
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.
Even the daytime scenes are shrouded in such deep shadows, you're mainly left wondering why nobody ever just turns on the damn lights.
In its own right, it's atmospheric, just not very memorable or scary.
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.
Highly effective, tense little fright rouser... If you're a horror fan, you won't be disappointed.
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.
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!
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.
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