Sinister (2012) Movie Review

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Sinister (2012)

2012 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
110 minutes / 1h 50min

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Sinister Plot Synopsis:

True-crime writer Ellison Oswalt moves himself and his family into a house where a horrific crime took place earlier, but his family doesn't know. He begins researching the crime so that he can write a new book about it to help his flailing career. He uses some "snuff" film footage he finds in the house to help him in his research, but he soon finds more than he bargained for. There is a figure in each of the films but who or what is it? As a result, his family start to suffer (as does he) and things take a turn for the worst. Will they survive?

Sinister (2012) Review

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.

  • Sinister Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 6.09
  • IMDB: 6.8
  • MetaCritic: 5.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.3

About Sinister 2012

Title: Sinister
Year: 2012
Runtime: 110 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Reviewer: Score: 3 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.04/5 stars from 191,474 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 191,474 MPAA Rating: R
Sinister Cast Starring: Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vincent Hogarth, Chester the Chihuahua, James Ransone, Juliet Rylance, Fred Dalton Thompson, Michael Hall D'Addario, Clare Foley, Rob Riley, Janet Zappala, Victoria Leigh, Danielle Kotch, Nicholas King, Rachel Konstantin, Tavis Smiley, Cameron Ocasio, Ethan Haberfield, Blake Mizrahi, Lorraine Aceves
Sinister Writers: Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill
Sinister Director: Scott Derrickson
Box Office: $48,100,000
Production: Lionsgate Films
Website: http://www.haveyouseenhim.com
Language: English
Country: USA, UK