Saturday, October 13, 2012

Movie Review: Sinister

Ethan Hawke: Ellison 
Juliet Rylance: Tracy
James Ransone: Deputy
Fred Dalton Thompson: Sheriff

Runtime: 1hr 50 min
Rated: R

Plot: Ellison is a true-crime novelist who hasn't had a hit in ten years. Wanting to spark up his career, he decides to move his family into a house where the prior tenants were mysterioulsly murdered. He hopes that living in the house he will be able to find out what happened and find a lead on where the family's missing daughter is. He does all this without telling his wife the real reason they've moved into this house. Ellison finds 8mm home movies that gives insight and the first notion that more has happened in this house then this family being murdered or just one kid missing. All of this puts his family in the path of a supernatural entity.

In My Opinion: When I saw the the coming attraction for this movie, I thought, another stupid horror movie I don't want to watch. But then I started hearing on TV and the radio how scary this movie is. They actually said "One of the scariest movies ever." I started getting excited for a Friday night date at the movies. I love horror movies and yes I'm the type of girl that watches it through my fingers. So there I was sitting in a packed theatre ready to watch one of the scariest movies ever made. I ate my popcorn, ready to cover my eyes, but as the movie played disappointment began to come over me. This movie was so boring, yes there were a couple of scenes that made me jump, just a couple, but overall it was a huge waste of my time. I even found myself dozing off. There were a lot of things that were not explained like for example why the son had night terrors. The only scary things in this movie are the kids. Well, kids overall can be spooky. Anyway, the "supernatural entity" was not scary at all. In fact his face looked like the mask from the movie Saw without the rosy cheeks. For a minute, I forgot I what I was watching. Basically this movie is about a boogie man who collects kids. I'm sure I've seen this story on an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slyer. This movie proves I should trust my first instinct.

It's Rating Time

The Story: 2 out of 5 star: It's been done before and it getting pretty tired.

The Acting: 5 out of 5 star: It was the only thing that saved this movie. Ethan Hawke is an incredible actor and the kids were pretty good too.

The Scare Factor: 1 out of 5 stars: Besides a couple of scenes that made you jump because things pop out, this movie was not scary at all.

OVERALL RATING: 1.5 out of 5 stars 

Bottom line: Skip this movie. I don't think it's even good enough to rent. Wait for it to be on TV.



  1. Not perfect as a stand-alone horror flick, but a perfect flick to watch around Halloween because it’s just scary enough to fully hit us with that spooky feeling. Watching Ethan Hawke run around in a scared daze actually made me more scared believe it or not. Great review Maria.

    1. Thank you. :) you very right about those scenes with Ethan Hawke. He's a really good actor