Sinister

Sinister

Scott Derrickson (2012)

105min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
An intense atmosphere of dread and sudden jolts from the darkness fill this compelling, disturbing supernatural shocker from The Exorcism of Emily Rose director Scott Derrickson. A skilful blend of old-school, haunted-house horror and in-vogue found-footage fear, it sees struggling true-crime writer Ethan Hawke research his latest book by moving his family into the actual home where brutal murders took place. There he discovers some home movies containing possible evidence that something decidedly unnatural may be responsible for a string of unexplained deaths and his own children may be in harm's way. Cool in its crafty mood placement, confidently restrained during its nastiest moments and mining provocative lines of devastating nuance, the movie reaches a terrifying crescendo as the grisly Super 8 reels bleed into high-pitched scares. Hawke anchors events superbly as the agonised author whose deteriorating state of mind causes everything he holds dear to shatter.

Summary

A writer moves into a house where several people died years previously, but keeps the building's dark history a secret from his family. While researching a book on the incident, he discovers a series of old cine films of the deaths, but as he watches them, he uncovers a supernatural force behind the tragedy. Horror, starring Ethan Hawke and Juliet Rylance.

Cast & Crew

Ellison Oswalt Ethan Hawke
Tracy Juliet Rylance
Trevor Michael Hall D'Addario
Ashley Clare Foley
Stephanie Victoria Leigh
Bughuul/Mr Boogie Nick King
Sheriff Fred Dalton Thompson
Deputy James Ransone
Director Scott Derrickson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 5 Oct 2012
Drama