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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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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) Summit

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  • 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
    Andrew H Super Reviewer
  • 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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