Posted on 10th May 2013 in Movies

sinister Sinister is yet again another almost ran in the horror stakes. I wonder if directors are so encased in the genre that they spend their time delivering the expected well used endings rather than providing an interesting take on the old man vs supernatural theme.
This story had an amazing start–Ethan Hawke a true crime writer moves with his wife Juliet Rylance and their family into a house where a crime was committed. Then he discovered something so horrible he became mesmerised by the evil.
What had me interested was the truly horrifying nature of his discovery and had the evil remained within the realms of the natural world it would have been scarier than any imagined presence. The horror aspect could have been addressed by the balance of sanity of the author. Is what he viewing real? Is it an illusion? Is he being targeted or is he the killer reviewing old murders? So many possibilities but instead, we are relegated to the usual bogeyman style ending. Truth is not only stranger but far scarier than fiction–shame these horror makers never seem to realise this.

7/10 It could have been but wasn’t

9 Responses to “Sinister”

  1. ed pierce says:

    What a bad movie. Even Ethan Hawke has to do one of these now and then it looks like.

  2. val yenko says:

    Terrible movie, it seemed like they were just trying to make it scary to cover up the bad story line.

  3. matt n. says:

    I agree, the movie didn’t really live up to it’s name. I really believed that he was the killer. Too bad.

  4. kira says:

    I really like Insidious. I had high hopes for this film, but was ultimately disappointed. Not that scary. Not really that sinister.

  5. mica says:

    Scary movies these days just aren’t scary. It’s beyond disappointing. Truly.

    • Katri says:

      I find them formulaic–which I understand is important to the genre as I write fantasy! However, I felt this particular movie could have embraced reality and created a far more scary villain.

  6. Ashley V. says:

    I would agree that this movie was a little underwhelming, especially given the main actor and the roles I have seen him perform so well in before. Next time I think I will go a little heavier on the butter and a pay a little bit less attention to the movie!

  7. Brandon says:

    I love Ethan Hawke, but I’m ultimately torn on his performance here. And I completely agree, when it comes to horror movies (or any others), a story based on REAL LIFE is ultimately best. Nothing is scarier than reality. That’s why the TV genre does so well.

  8. Molly says:

    I *love* Ethan Hawke, so I’m definitely going to see this movie regardless of your review. However, it’s a little disappointing that it didn’t really do much justice to the horror film genre, which I’m also a huge fan of. 7/10 I suppose is a good enough rating for a night in with friends though. They won’t complain, provided I make sure that the popcorn is awesome.

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