Rapid Review: Sinister (2012)

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“Do you understand what you’ve done this time? The kind of jeopardy you’ve put your children in? Your marriage?”
– Tracy Oswalt

SYNOPSIS: Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7.5Now I must point out that it was not revolutionary or anything like that, but it was fun. It had gigantic plot holes in it that only a supernatural horror movie can sort of manage to make work for it, though it serves the purpose of irritating you at times. Sinister relied heavily on jump scares and sudden starts to get a rise from you, though at the same time found a way to make it work. The score was successful at getting under your skin though. Sinister managed to keep me engaged no matter what its shortcomings were, though nearing the end, just before the last act comes together, the show really just lost the plot (just think the running – that scene went on far too long). It sort of redeemed itself by the end, but the last section was just a little cooked (not too bad though). Ethan Hawke was pretty good. Horror is obviously not what he is renowned for, but he was good here, what a total prat his character was, too! The effects were at times questionable, though overall they were quite good and were not in the least bit distracting. The story makes leaps and bounds that could just not possibly happen, and that his wife knew nothing of the home that they had moved into and didn’t hear someone remark about it in town is beyond me. Also, the way that everything started happening was crazy. There was no real suggestion to say that this was coming, but that was also not too bad. Initially you have a different idea of the kind of film you are going in for, and it pulls together in a whole different way, but this is not a bad thing. I really like Mr Boogie – the fact that we don’t actually learn a lot about him counts heavily in the film’s favour because, yes, people, less is more. First legitimately creepy horror character in a while. Fun film to watch with friends (or alone – this was the one film that had successfully given me a jump scare, haven’t had that happen in years, and the worst is I expected it, but it was incredibly well executed), though I recommend you don’t go into it hoping to come out with something to think about in depth or a more solid horror than it actually is.

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24 thoughts on “Rapid Review: Sinister (2012)

  1. Tom says:

    Solid review! I could get behind this, James Wan directed after all and I love love love The Conjuring. . . to fit in with the masses. 😛

    No but in all seriousness Wan is the man. I am one of those fans of Saw and I have heard a mixture of opinion on this, mostly trending to good, and this seems to be that way too so I might have to check it out

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    • Zoë says:

      It is rather fun, check it out. I thought so, too, but for the most part he makes it work. The role he played was a very washed out and exhausted man on his last ditch attempt for fame and glory like he used to have, so I suppose it works, but he does look pretty bad!

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  2. keith7198 says:

    I thought Sinister was pretty good. It’s one of those modern horror movies that has a lot of the potential but doesn’t fully cash in on it. Still it’s fairly effective. Just not as good as I hoped it would be.

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  3. theipc says:

    The only reason I haven’t seen this is because I can’t stand Ethan Hawke. I doubt that’s ever gonna change unless there’s NOTHING else to do some time : )

    Nice work Zoe!!

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