Sinister

  • 15
  • Scott Derrickson (2012)
  • US
  • 105 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Horror starring Ethan Hawke. In an effort to boost his flagging career, a crime writer moves his family into the actual house where a murder he is researching was committed. His discovery of 8mm home movies suggests that dark forces were at work... and they may still be there.

Cast and crew

Cast

Ellison
Ethan Hawke
Professor Jonas
Vincent D'Onofrio
Tracy
Juliet Rylance
Sheriff
Fred Dalton Thompson
Deputy
James Ransone
Trevor
Michael Hall D'Addario
Ashley
Clare Foley
Stephanie
Victoria Leigh

Crew

Director
Scott Derrickson

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum Pictures
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 5 Oct 2012
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama