(DVD - 2012)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Ten years ago, true crime writer Ellison Oswald made his reputation with a best-selling account of a notorious murder. Now, desperate to replicate the success of his first book, he moves his family into a home where the previous occupants were brutally executed and a child disappeared, hoping to find inspiration in the crime scene. In the home, Ellison discovers a cache of terrifying home movies, unwittingly opening the door into a nightmarish mystery.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Summit Entertainment, [2012].
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Jan 27, 2015
  • winykittygirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This movie is AMAZING!!!!! if you love scary movies this is a top pick

Dec 13, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Anxious to pen another bestseller, true crime author Ellsion Oswalt (an annoyingly intense Ethan Hawke)  moves his family to a small Pennsylvania town.  Peace and quiet are not Oswalt's primary concerns though, for unbeknownst to his wife and kids their new house was actually the scene of a horrific killing spree a few years earlier in which four members of a family were hanged in the backyard while the fifth member, a little girl, was abducted never to be seen again.  Hoping to gain inspiration from the home's grisly past as he writes about the murders that took place there Ethan sets about digging for dirt aided by an eager deputy sheriff and a few bottles of Jack Daniels.  But the chance discovery of a box full of 8mm home movies and some bizarre children's artwork suggests darker forces were behind the deaths; forces which have struck in the past and now seem to be rallying once more.  As with all supernatural thrillers it is imperative to dampen one's expectations of sense and logic (when some thing is running about the house in the dead of night people naturally want to keep the lights off while they stumble around in the dark using their cellphones as a flashlight...sheesh!)  However, for those of us able to suspend that pesky disbelief, Sinister winds up being an effective blend of spooky ghost story and psychological teaser with some well placed jolts and lots of things bumping along midnight hallways.  There is a macabre undercurrent to the story which contains elements both terrifying and darkly poignant, and director Scott Derrickson proves he is able to deliver a chillingly good yarn despite a rather unimaginative premise (think The Ring meets Amityville Horror ).  Furthermore, some creepy camerawork coupled with a soundtrack of crashing chords and scratchy goth beats heighten the hideous while helping us to ignore some of the film's sillier devices.  A good Halloween flick!

Oct 23, 2014
  • ozzieman2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This movie is super scary. I'm 16 and i remember wanting to see this when it first came out 2 years ago. I'm glad i didn't. Some of the scenes are very realistic and scary. There's one scene where one of the missing children's face appears behind the main character. This scene is frightening. I watch these kind of movies and this is the only one that made me freak out. Bughuul (the monster) looks suspiciously like Mick from the band Slipknot.

May 06, 2014
  • britprincess1 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Daft. That's the word for a film like SINISTER, one that doesn't feel like it put any effort into its development. It's films like SINISTER that diminish the horror genre as a whole, spitting in the faces of filmmakers like Spielberg and Hitchcock, who broke ground with JAWS and PSYCHO, respectively. This? Pfft. Don't waste your time. SINISTER is a disaster. I don't recommend it.

Apr 10, 2014
  • elveegee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This really really scared me..i watch horror movies all the time and none of them have really shook me like this one did. Its mentally disturbing, and is very well done.

Apr 10, 2014
  • jazeebelle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I LOVE love love this movie. It is scary and suspenseful, full of tension and just a darn good story. It terrified me (which is not easily done!) I even bought a copy of it for my very own!!! Yeah, it's that good.

Very scary, very well done, with a minimum of actual gore. Best horror film I've seen in many years.

Jan 14, 2014
  • theresaannalee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Horror movies have been my favorite my entire life, but this was the first movie to EVER scare me- during and even days after I watched it! While there are parts of it that feature typical horror movie material, they're enhanced in a way that seems new. There are also some unique twists and scares that make it fantastic. I've seen it four times and it STILL spooks me a little.

Oct 20, 2013
  • Carlmack rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

scared me a few times,although i figured it out before the ending as most do.

I thought this was a big yawn. Fell back on the typical "walking around the house at night, down long corridors without turning on the lights" thing. Couple of scary attic scenes and a couple of scary viewing of the old film reels found in house scenes, but otherwise not a blood curdling classic to go crying for mama about. Ethan Hawke must be hard up for work.

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Apr 24, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

A writer by trying to solve a mystery unwittingly causes more harm then good.


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