Monday, November 19, 2012

Sinister

November 19, 2012



I am usually disappointed when I see a film which came with very high expectations. However, I must make an exception to "Sinister." I had heard very good things about this film making it a must-see for a horror movie fan like me. However, I had to be out of the country during the days it was shown in the theaters locally last month, so I only got to watch it now. And I must say, these high expectations were fulfilled. "Sinister" is indeed a very good horror film. In fact, I will go on to say that it was one of the best American horror films ever made that I have seen.

Ellison (Ethan Hawke, in his first appearance in a horror film) is an author of true crime novels who is seeking to follow up his one hit book. He moves his family into the very home where a gruesome family massacre had previously taken place. When he discovers a box of film reels which turned out to be video footage documenting the deaths of several families, his research turns into a real life horror for him and his family.

The eerie and tense atmosphere is set up from the very first scene where we see four people hanging from a tree. It never let up from there up to the bloody end. OK, there are horror clich├ęs here like the house in seemingly perpetual darkness, or the sudden scares that lead nowhere, creepy children drawing on walls, and so on, but in this movie, these things actually work well to work up the audience's heart rates and goosebumps. The music is pulsating as it is unsettling, very effective to work you up some more with every step that Ellison takes in the house. 

I liked the way that the gore was suggested instead of blatant. I liked the subtlety of many of its scare moments. I liked the way that Ethan Hawke realistically portrayed the tormented but desperate Ellison. A male protagonist is not always as easy to play in a horror film than a female one. I like the ending, how it may seem that you can figure out what is going to happen in the end, but the way it played out was pretty out-of-the-box disturbing and ultimately, shocking. I highly recommend horror film fans to watch "Sinister." It is as it is entitled.


12 comments:

  1. Haven't seen the film yet, good thing you didn't mention anything 'bout its ending. :) Boo for spoilers! :))

    ReplyDelete
  2. I saw the trailer of this I think last month. scary! Imagine makakita ka ng box of films sa attic showing how the previous tenants of the house were killed.scaryyyyy

    ReplyDelete
  3. I actually saw the movie and it was very disturbing and really trying hard to scare people. I actually predicted the twist but seeing the murder scenes replayed continuously was really disturbing.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm gonna watch this horror film in the future as I have tons of films piled up on my playlist that I've yet to see as I don't have spare time. Ethan Hawke - love him in Gattaca - the only film I've seen with him in it.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I assure my readers that I will not post any vital plot spoilers ever. I will announce a spoiler if ever it's essential to mention it.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I have called this the BEST recent American horror movie at least for the past five years. Do you agree? Or you have other nominees for that honor?

    ReplyDelete
  7. my imagination likes to ran wild at night so i stay off horror and grim films. my brother though enjoys them and the plot is interesting so will tell him to check this out.

    thank you for the good review!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Have not seen the movie yet, heard some bad reviews about it on other sites. Well, your review made me want to check it out. :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. i have yet to see this film, am not such a big fan of horror films since i became a mum but i will definitely love to see it because of Ethan Hawke!

    i just saw the trailer now + I cannot wait to watch it! :D

    ReplyDelete
  10. Not really into horror films... got to share this with my cousin who's growing addicted of mystery and horror films...

    ReplyDelete
  11. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I like this movie.... This is the best horror movie that i watched this year.

    Manilarepublic

    ReplyDelete