Sinister (2012)

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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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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
Rating:
R (for disturbing violent images and some terror)
Genre:
Horror
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Box Office:
$48,100,000.00
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Cast

Vincent D'Onofrio
as Professor
Ethan Hawke
as Ellison Oswalt
James Ransone
as Deputy
Rob Riley
as E.M.T.
Tavis Smiley
as Anchor
Nick King
as Bughuul/Mr. Boogie
Clare Foley
as Ashley
Victoria Leigh
as Stephanie
Janet Zappala
as Reporter
Cameron Ocasio
as BBQ Boy
Ethan Haberfield
as Pool Party Boy
Danielle Kotch
as Lawn Work Girl
Blake Mizrahi
as Sleepy Time Boy
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Critic Reviews for Sinister

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (27)

More stupid than scary, Sinister can't even figure out who its real demon is.

Full Review… | October 13, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It comes together with a gruesome though excellent ending that some will find difficult to shake.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

A mixed bag of old-school and contemporary horror tricks that occasionally raises a hair prickle of intrigue.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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 ...

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
Newsday
Top Critic

C'mon, Ethan Hawke, you're better than this. Isn't there a "Before Sunset" sequel that needs your attention?

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

The hero of "Sinister" is almost unaccountably dumb. So, unfortunately, is the movie.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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!

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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