Well, this was refreshing! I've really been looking for a scary horror film lately, and this film lived up to expectations!
Sinister stars Ethan Hawke as a writer looking for his next great story when he finds out about a mysterious, gruesome murder where a family was hung in their backyard. He then moves into the house with his family, looking for evidence about it. Eventually, he finds a videotape collection filled with various depictions of other murders. As he investigates he discovers dark connections with the murders, and the further he delves into the secrets of the tapes, the more his personal sanity is tested.
What's really nice about Sinister is how refreshingly original it is. When I first heard about it, I thought it looked like a cheap Amityville Horror ripoff. Luckily, I was wrong. Sinister does a great job at balancing real and supernatural thrills, and has a fantastic amount of shocking thrills, with very few silly moments that often plague other contemporary "haunted house" films (Insidious, anyone???).
Ethan Hawke really carries this film with a much-needed intensity. Horror films need a strong lead, and Hawke was the perfect choice. Hell, he even made The Purge somewhat sufferable! That is a power only a truly great actor can have. And here is no exception. Hawke's mesmerizing performance here is one that all young actors should look at. This is how you do horror.
Speaking of how this film does the horror genre a favor, let's talk about the plot itself. I feel like I've covered most of it already, but I'll just highlight a few more bits. Mainly, of course, is the twist at the end. Sinister has a good way of surprising you at every turn, especially towards the end. I won't give anything away, just trust me that the ending, while it'll tie everything together, will really mess you up.
Sinister is a pleasant surprise of a film. It's scary, entertaining, and refreshingly original. It's been hours since I saw it, and I'm still a little freaked out. Regardless, if you're looking for a good horror film, see Sinister.