Sinister (2012) Movie Review


Sinister (2012)

2012 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
110 minutes /

User Score: 53/100

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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.

Sinister (2012) is directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) (Writer/Director), Deliver Us from Evil (2014) (Writer/Director), Sinister 2 (2015) (Writer)) with an estimated budget of $3 million dollars. Sinister had an opening box office weekend of $18 million and a gross of $48 million. Derrickson tried a take a slightly different spin on the found-footage scares made popular by Paranormal Activity (2007).

Sinister stars Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke - Daybreakers (2009), The Purge (2013), Predestination (2014)) as a true crime author trying to pen the next successful book after his last success ten years prior. Oswalt’s wife (Juliet Rylance) along with his young daughter and teenage son. The family fights against the corrupting demon Bughuul (Baghul, Bagul) that likes to corrupt the minds of the innocent, children. The evil entity persuades the child to kill its entire family before joining the damned followers prior.

Oswalt moves his family to the home that previously had the entire family murdered, making the home a murder house. Oswalt starts to experience weird things, but the promise of an amazing story is too thrilling, so he sticks it out in hopes of unraveling the story and perhaps even thwarting the evil within. The majority of the film is focused on Oswalt and the mystery of the house and demon. The real thrills come when the demon is ready to unveil its twisted agenda. Film pacing was moderate with some slow portions but the ending delivered at a better pacing with frights. This film tried to create a new horror icon, but the elements of this character did not deliver to leave the viewer with the needed after effect.

About Sinister 2012

Title: Sinister
Original Title: Found Footage, Untitled Scott Derrickson Project
Year: 2012
Runtime: 110 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.65/5 stars from 163 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 163
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vincent Hogarth, Chester the Chihuahua, James Ransone, Nicholas King, Juliet Rylance, Fred Dalton Thompson, Michael Hall D'Addario, Clare Foley, Rob Riley, Janet Zappala, Victoria Leigh, Danielle Kotch, Lorraine Aceves, Rachel Konstantin, Tavis Smiley, Cameron Ocasio, Ethan Haberfield, Blake Mizrahi
Writers: Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill
Director: Scott Derrickson

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