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
More stupid than scary, Sinister can't even figure out who its real demon is.
It comes together with a gruesome though excellent ending that some will find difficult to shake.
A mixed bag of old-school and contemporary horror tricks that occasionally raises a hair prickle of intrigue.
Despite some effective bumps and frights, and at least one memorable jolt from a full-throated D'Addario, "Sinister" is mainly just a series of snuff-reels with sick-joke titles ...
C'mon, Ethan Hawke, you're better than this. Isn't there a "Before Sunset" sequel that needs your attention?
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.
|Ellison Oswalt:||Bad things happen to good people and they still have to have their story told.|
|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.|
|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?!|
|Tracy:||That is so sick! God, you think that makes a difference?|
|Ashley:||Don't worry Daddy, I'll make you famous again|