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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

[8.00/10] Sinister (2012)


Sinister (2012)

Brief review: Aptly titled "Sinister", this is "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" director Scott Derrickson's latest movie, about a true-crime writer, who comes across some weird clues, while writing his new book. To call "Sinister" a proper horror movie would be fair, because its succeeds on pretty much every single level. The writers has put so much thought into the script, successfully balancing murder mystery, true-crime drama and heavy supernatural elements, with sense of style and sophistication, and even though the plot itself seems familiar at first, the end result is a gripping and intriguing fright-fest, destined to become a horror classic. In terms of atmosphere and scares, "Sinister" certainly lives up to its title, and then some. Delivering everything from jump-of-your-seat boo scares and ghastly images to nail-biting tension and edgy suspense, "Sinister" is one of those horror movies, that quickly gets deep under your skin and stays there long after the credits roll. The film's intentionally gloomy look, ominous setting, and effective music score also add to the eeriness factor, not to mention the creepy-as-hell Mr. Boogie / Bughuul, who will surely come to haunt you in your dreams. Ethan Hawke gives a spot-on comeback performance, brilliantly portraying one of the most memorable male protagonists in recent 'horror' history. The supporting cast does a solid job as well, complementing Hawke's character so perfectly.

Overall summary: Atmospheric, superbly-conceived, and compellingly mysterious, "Sinister" is every bit as creepy as its title suggests, and also one of the best horror movies of 2012, as it manages to deliver genuine scares and tons of suspense, without having any major flaws.

12 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I almost went to see this in the theater - bummer! Will have to wait for NetFlix. Good horror films are rare.

Melissa Bradley said...

I'm hoping to catch this one very soon as it looks fantastic. I just have not had the time or the money to get to the theater. Awesome review. I hope you are planning to do a top 2012 films list. :)

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Alex, they decided not to show it in theaters here, but thankfully I still managed to see it. :)

Good horror films are rare, indeed, and this one is definitely one of them.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Mel, make sure to check it out. It's one of the best horror films I've seen.

Thanks, sweetheart. I'm glad you liked it.

Of course I'm planning to do a best of 2012 list, but perhaps I'll do it in the beginning of next year, because I still have a lot og major films to see.

HorrO said...

I told you that you would like it. Such an awesome, well done movie. Glad you got to see it. Great review!!!

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

You did. And I really did like it. :)
What I like most about it was the fact that it answered all the questions I had, except maybe one.

Thanks!:)

HorrO said...

And what question was that?

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

How did the already dead children get possessed by Bughuul? Did they see those images or what?

venoms5 said...

I meant to see this theatrically and the night I went, it was gone, lol. So I ended up seeing MAN WITH IRON FIST instead. Looks like I am gonna have to wait for the DVD, lol.

Great write up, George!

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

venoms5, I wasn't able to catch it in theaters either. The DVD will be out pretty soon, so don't worry. ;) Thanks a bunch!

Alessio Valsecchi said...

At least Scott Derrickson should be proud of this movie: he tried hard to create something different, as he always has done in the past, and succeeded. Sinister is not flawless but builds something creepy inside the mindful spectator that is hard to shake off and forget. Cult movie.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Alessio, I pretty much agree with everything you're saying. I'm glad you liked the movie that much. I did too... obviously. :)