I love it when a movie surprises me as much as Sinister does. The movie is genuine and chilling in its presentation. It uses creepy super 8 films of families dying to create a horrifying atmosphere. The acting is good and the scares are truly worthwhile in this awesome movie.
Ellison Oswalt, played by Ethan Hawke, moves into a new house with his family. He is a true crime novelist and he is there to investigate the murder of a family that happened in that house. While in the attic, he discovers a box of super 8 “snuff” films of families in different house being murdered in different ways. He notices a familiar creature in each of the films.
The movie was really spooky. I am not one that is easy scared but the limited use of the Buguul character was smart and the use of the really spooky super 8 footage was really wonderful. There are aspects that are just not scary, such as seeing ghost children. Still, the use of camera work and shadows are really well done and I couldn’t help but be affected by it.
The acting is really well done. Ethan Hawke brings a very believable character to the screen. We can really imagine seeing these horrible films and still being drawn into the mystery to keep watching again and again. His wife, played by Juliet Rylance, also brings a worthwhile character to the table. You can see her anger and frustration with her husband and there is an air of subtleness in their performance that works well together.
This movie is really fantastic. The real fear it brings comes from the subtle atmosphere. The ending throws any aspects of predictably out the window. Sinister would make a great companion film with the likes of Insidious. It’s a clever movie that is completely worth seeing this holiday season.