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Sinister (2012)
Movie Review by The Cenobite

Sinister (2012) So the guys who brought us Insidious have another little feature to scare, this one called Sinister. Starring Ethan Hawke from training day as a real crime author who moves his family to a new town while working on a new book. Ellison Oswalt (Hawke) had fame once and boy he wants it again. He's moved his family into a house where a family was murdered, all hung from a tree with their daughter still missing, a fact he's keeping from his family. After finding a box containing a super 8 film of the murder as well as other murders he slowly loses his mind as horror ensues. The movies he watches are all shown in the film and as a horror fan they don't disappoint. Each one is creepy and sick slowly towing the line between torture porn and art. Like Insidious, Sinister knows how to scare, director Scott Derrickson (Exorcism of Emily Rose) sets the pacing perfectly and there are plenty of sound drops and jump out scares. Hawke is a good actor and I think hes at the top of his game in the movie bordering on manic and half-drunk his character Oswalt is believable. As the film progresses Oswalt starts to put clues together and tries to solve the crime he has come here to write about as well as the home movies he's watched. With the help of local cop Deputy so and so, who provides a much needed comic relief and is actually really funny he begins to learn things. Sinister has a great mythology with the chance of having one of the scariest "Big Bads" in horror history, but it never materializes. Unlike Insidious the monster is never fully realized and comes off as hokey and underused. If your looking for a scare with a loved one or a solid horror flick Sinister is for you. It's because I liked it so much that I think it could be better, but it still has a lot to offer. Sinister is one of the best horror movies to be released recently and on blu-ray looks as good as it scares so take a chance let the "eater of children" scare you to sleep.

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