Rent Sinister (2012)

3.4 of 5 from 177 ratings
1h 45min
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Synopsis:
Desperately in need of a best seller to revive his struggling career, true crime writer Ellison (Ethan Hawke), moves his family to the scene of his most recent story; the unsolved, gruesome murder of a loving, happy suburban family. Shunned by the local community and strained by his obligations to his family, the discovery of a batch of home movies in the attic offers Ellison shocking proof to the crime he is investigating and the terrifying realisation that his investigation may be putting his family in mortal danger.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Jason Blum, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones
Writers:
Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill
Studio:
Momentum Pictures
Genres:
Horror, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/02/2013
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Director's Commentary
  • Commentary with Writers Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill
  • True Crime Authors Feature
  • Living In A House Of Death Feature
  • Fear Experiment
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/02/2013
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Director's Commentary
  • Commentary with Writers Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill
  • True Crime Authors Feature
  • Living In A House Of Death Feature
  • Fear Experiment

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Reviews (2) of Sinister

Spoilers follow ... - Sinister review by NP

Spoiler Alert
24/11/2017

I enjoyed ‘Sinister 2’ so made the move to watch its prequel – to find I’d actually seen it before and had forgotten. I’m not sure what that says about me or the film. It doesn’t avoid what the sequel managed to avoid – the curse of the bratty kid. In fact, both children belonging to Ethan Hawke’s Ellison Oswalt are pretty obnoxious at times. As Bad Things happen, the children become more precocious. This is a difficult problem, and one that can actually ruin a film for me. Troubled children don’t have to be petulant, do they? Luckily, they don’t go on to play a huge part in the story.

Earning him the chagrin of the local constabulary, Oswalt moves into the house where previously, gruesome murders have taken place. Unfortunately, his wife and offspring are not told about this history. He has moved himself and the family here so he can research the horrific incidents for a book he is writing. He also finds an ally in Deputy ‘So & So’ (James Ransone), who is the one cast member to appear in the sequel.

‘Sinister’ is a fairly routine haunted house horror a couple of notches above the usual ‘family in peril’ fare, lifted by the performances of Hawke and Juliet Rylance as his English-but-American-speaking wife Tracy. It is somewhat overlong and slow-moving, but I don’t really have a problem with that. Oswalt trips down the familiar path of encroaching obsession and insanity, a descent sprinkled with the occasional ghost-faced child. The main villain, the gothic and spectral Bughuul, makes a fleeting appearance and is pretty menacing, making me wonder why the character isn’t used more.

I actually prefer the sequel. The production seems tighter and less traditional, as recompense for a lack of a ‘name’ lead. Both films have notable musical soundtracks; this deliciously dark OST is by Christopher Young.

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Very Effective Horror Movie in the Haunted House/Bogie Man Genre - Sinister review by PV

Spoiler Alert
29/08/2020

I really enjoyed this movie - it had me hooked and jumping out of my skin in all the right places.

Gets a tad silly but all very well done. A bit predictable in act 3 to be honest but the ride was great.

Far better than most budget horrors.

But why oh why is the young boy have such long girly hair and why is he called 'Trevor'? I mean, 'Trevor'! If he were e 60 year old cock-er-ney maybe. Maybe it's an American thing. I'd recast that character and rename him.

Otherwise, good fun silly and effective horror. The sequel looks decent too.

The acting and plot are spot-on and the soundtrack is excellent too.

4 stars.

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