“There are some genuinely horrifying moments that had me making noises I would sooner expect from a startled poodle, yet due to the films infuriatingly slow pacing these where few and far between.”
By Ryan Casey
The producers of ‘Paranormal Activity‘ and ‘Insidious’ bring you their latest psychological horror in the shape of Sinister. The movie, starring Ethan Hawke, definitely seemed to have the potential to create a thoroughly unsettling, watch it through the gap in your hand sort of experience. Although given the producers track record, I was sceptical as to whether it would fulfil on its early promise.
In an attempt to find inspiration, struggling True-Crime novelist Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) moves his family to a house whose previous occupants had been ruthle
ssly murdered in their back garden. Upon discovering sickening footage of the murder taking place, Oswalt becomes obsessed with unearthing the truth behind this terrible crime, an obsession that locks his family in a terrifying supernatural chain of events that they may not be able to escape.
Being a bit of a horror wimp, I was convinced I would be metaphorically kacking myself the whole way through Sinister, to my surprise and slight annoyance I was actually able to watch large chunks of the movie in relative comfort. Don’t get me wrong, there are some genuinely horrifying moments that had me making noises I would sooner expect from a startled poodle, yet due to the films infuriatingly slow pacing these where few and far between.
Sinister is littered with horrible acting; Ethan Hawke even throws in the odd “Lets act like we are on the set of Emmerdale” scene. Which I’m sure is where they must have discovered Juliet Rylance, who plays Ellison’s wife Tracy with as much fizz as a glass of still water.
Sinister is an adequate addition to the world of horror. Its key fault for me was its inability to affect me on a psychological level like say ‘The Grudge’. I mean I’ve had no problem switching the light off before bed and I haven’t pissed myself when the fridge or boiler makes a spontaneous noise. The horror element is just too sporadic in this one and I was quite frankly just expecting a bit more.