Sinister 2012

Sinister

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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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True-crime writer Ellison Oswald (Ethan Hawke) is in a slump; he hasn't had a best seller in more than 10 years and is becoming increasingly desperate for a hit. So, when he discovers the existence of a snuff film showing the deaths of a family, he vows to solve the mystery. He moves his own family into the victims' home and gets to work. However, when old film footage and other clues hint at the presence of a supernatural force, Ellison learns that living in the house may be fatal.

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Critic Reviews for Sinister

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (97) | Rotten (57)

Audience Reviews for Sinister

  • Dec 12, 2017
    Extraordinarily terrifying, Sinister is a dark and disturbing supernatural thriller. Ethan Hawke stars as a true-crime novelist who moves his family into the house of a notorious multiple murder and finds a mysterious case of homemade films in the attic that depict a series of gruesome murders; meanwhile the family begins to experience a number of strange occurrences. Hawke gives a strong performance and newcomer Clare Foley does a great job at playing both cute and creepy. Additionally, the writers build the tension and suspense especially well; the homemade films in particular heighten the mystery and get increasingly unsettling. Incredibly intense, Sinister is a frighteningly chilling horror film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2016
    Hits an absurdly high number of horror clichés, but manages to do it in a pretty successful manner. Features many more laugh out moments than you might expect from a horror of this type. Not sure if that's a pro or a con.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2016
    Truly a dark tale of how Sinister events can take a creepy and chilling toll on your family - Andrew Huynh
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  • Dec 21, 2015
    Sinister is a really good horror film and a very decent effort from writer and director Scott Derrickson. The film explores the mythos of demonic and general supernatural activity in film and uses interference from a detectives and police to create a very real and very physical entity. The film's villain is one of the scariest I've seen in the past five years and the score/soundtrack is also definitely one of the best things about the film. As I watched it I felt it strange how good the score actually was, seriously its sometimes more frightening than what your actually witnessing on screen, which is usually unsettling enough. Ethan Hawke's appearance in a horror film is fascinating and refreshing - just as it was in the Purge - however his wife is a really annoying character and also portrayed poorly. If you enjoy demons and creepy children then this one of the stronger films I've seen featuring those already overused tropes.
    Harry W Super Reviewer

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