Sinister (15)

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Ethan Hawke in Sinister

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Oct 2 2012

This so-so, occasionally effective horror film combines found-footage creepiness and haunted-house scares – but is stronger on mood than story. A believable Ethan Hawke gives it some grounding as Ellison, a struggling true-crime writer who moves into a suburban house notorious for an unsolved mass slaying. He immediately discovers a stock of 8mm movies which offer a distressingly vivid insight into the crime. Not sharing the news with the wife and kids proves an unwise decision, however, when things start going bump in the roof space. Soon he’s weighing professional priorities against the mental welfare and physical safety of his family.

All of which proves engrossing enough. Hawke pieces together the grisly visual evidence, while astute direction and effectively nuanced cinematography draw out telling unease from mundane interior spaces. Still, over-reliance on loud noises and Christopher Young’s over-used, over-emphatic score prove counter-productive. Also, revealing the house’s darkest secrets plays havoc with credibility – not least in a loopy final section which exposes the flakiness of the film’s ideas.

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15

UK release:

Fri Oct 5, 2012

Duration:

110 mins

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Julie H

Shame I didn't have a cushion! I was surprised how spooked I was by this film and even more surprised by its '15' certificate. Yes I agree with some of the other reviewers the Supernatural twist did take away some of the suspense but overall I was suitably scared for my £7.50.

critique

Above average horror. One or two good jumps but requires some serious suspension of disbelief

mikey

Some of it was OK but it totally lacked believability. The thought that so much was scarily going on when most of the cast was asleep was ridiculous and the ending was a real cop out. A pity because the idea was great

Silly

Agree with Jenni about being relieved about the way the story went. It sort of diffused the previous creepiness. I actually enjoyed a lot about this - the cinematography, the score (I actually thought this added to the tension), the acting. There were a couple of genuinely terrifying moments, but the review is right in saying that it gets 'loopy' - I'd say 'silly' - towards the end, and turns into a forgettable 'made-up' story. But it's always nice to watch Ethan Hawke!

eric

a total weird non story, non frightening so called horror, both myself and my partner were of the same opinion....instantly forgetable movie....time out 2 stars rating was very kind.

Progger

Average film, certainily not scary at all. Ethan Hawke was very good, as usual, but for a film nearly 2 hours long, the story was thin, under-developed and the end I could see coming from half way through. A real let down.... 3/5 (and that's beacuase I've added a point for Hawke's top class performance)

JayneM

I quite liked the story, but did not find it too scary (& I am a wuss when it comes to scary films!) ok there were a few jumpy & eeirie parts. It was better than most of the recent "scary films of the year!" I slept well last night anyway ha! not a bad fim

Jenni

At first I found this film to be deeply disturbing and breathed a sigh of relief when the paranormal aspect of it kicked in, making it 'not real'. Had it have been a thriller involving a real serial killer I think I would have been scared enough to leave in the middle of the film! Still I had some very spooky dreams last night after watching it!!!

Jenni

At first I found this film to be deeply disturbing and breathed a sigh of relief when the paranormal aspect of it kicked in, making it 'not real'. Had it have been a thriller involving a real serial killer I think I would have been scared enough to leave in the middle of the film! Still I had some very spooky dreams last night after watching it!!!

scrumpyjack

Reminded me of the Saturday night Hammers on ITV in the 80's....and they did indeed chill. 2 *? 5*? No way. A very respectable 7/10

alma

It was very pleasant to see a nice scary movie, like the old times, I saw it last week and I want to see it again! :D

alma

It was very pleasant to see a nice scary movie, like the old times, I saw it last week and I want to see it again! :D

Matt

Saw this at Frightfest in August and for me it was one of the surprises of the weekend. I was expecting a run of the mill Hollywood horror, like The Possession, which also played at the festival, but I thought this had a great atmosphere, solid acting and genuine scares. For its genre, you couldn't really ask for much more.