Alliance Films, Automatik Entertainment, Blumhouse Productions
Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, James Ransone, Fred Dalton Thompson, Clare Foley, Juliet Rylance, Michael Hall D’Addario, Victoria Leigh
Ellison (Ethan Hawke) is a writer with one huge hit under his belt. But so far he’s been unable to repeat the success. He writes books about murders and serial killers. So now he’s moved his family to a new home to write a story about a missing daughter and the rest of the family hung from a tree in the back yard. But as Ellison makes a chilling discovery in the attic, and begins to see strange things in the house, he learns that there may be more cases involved and something much more frightening behind it all.
Sinister is a film made for big screen and a crowd. There are some really scary moments, the loud noise in your ear at the right time kind of scares, but they are appropriate for the story. This is a “found footage” film in one kind of way, but the film is shot with real Hollywood camera equipment, and things like tripods and spooky lighting. There is no shaky handhelds here that make you sick in your stomach. The suspense if enormous, and you are on the edge of your seat all the way through. It has the classic horror movie bits, like the college professor who is an expert on the occult, and the local cop who wants to be part of the action, but they are not the major part of the story, and add instead of distract from the plot. Basically it’s Ellison on his own, trying to solve the puzzle and protect his family who all seem against him.
The plot is good, and it is really scary. I recommend this for horror film lovers, as a good scary movie. It has a lot going for it, and is really creepy. A word about the score. This is one of the best I’ve seen in many years. It’s an unusual score, but it really suits the film, and I found it to be very appropriate and it ads a lot to the film. This is a scary movie! Hit this before Halloween, and enjoy getting frightened in a big, big way!
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