Feeling Sinister this Halloween?
Why not get your adrenaline pumping and get your scare on. I am first to admit I like a good horror film around this time of the year and Sinister did not disappoint. Enjoy if that’s the right word!
The story revolves around Ellison Oswald (Ethan Hawke) a true crime writer who lets be honest has only had one hit ‘Kentucky Blood’ hoping to relive some of the success of his first book he moves his family not only to the town where a gruesome murder took place but also to the very house the murder occurred (technically it was outside in the garden but still). This may have been his first mistake is a best selling book really worth dying for?
After the family have settled in the new house (as settled as they can be where a murder occurred) cue the start of all things weird and unnerving. While putting away some moving boxes Ellison stumbles upon a box marked ‘family movies’ left in the attic, a box that isn’t in any crime scene photos he has looked at, how did it get there and who put it there? If alarm bells are not ringing already they really should be. The so called ‘family movies’ are actually footage of not only the family who were originally murdered and found hanging outside in a tree, but also of footage dating back as early as the 60′s of other families. With labels like ’pool party’ and ’family barbecue’ I will let your imagination run with what’s in store!
Ellison starts to question how long this has been going as he starts his own investigation into the murders thinking he can create on hell of a book and as he descends deeper into the lives of the murdered families his own may now be in danger. The camera techniques and musical score were unnerving a slow burner and truly chilling film I was often lulled into a false sense of security one minute and then jumping out of my seat the next a film with shocks that creep up when you least expect them, watch out for the lawn mower…
A truly scary horror with a storyline revolving around the occult symbols that appear at each scene of a Pagan deity named Bughuul also known as the eater of children and it just so happens one child from each murder was never found. On further inspection on the ‘home videos’ Ellison discovers they have even more in common that he first though as he discovers each video has the strange occult symbols and a demonic face has he gone to far to save his own family. Ethan Hawke was particularly well received in the film and was believable as a crime writer / part time drunk. The chemistry between his character Ellison and his wife Tracy (Juliet Rylance) was was somewhat lacking at times, and of course he has two slightly creepy kids of his own, because who doesn’t love creepy kids right?
Lessons learnt from Sinister
1) Never live in a house a murder has occurred
2) Under no circumstances do you pick up a box marked ‘home movies’
3) Do not watch said box of ‘home movies’
4) Get the hell out of that house while you can…
A film that begs the question can you survive Sinister?