Sinister (2012)

Sinister (2012)


Synopsis – Washed-up true crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies in his new home, revealing that the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose legacy dates back to the 1960s – Sinister

Director: Scott Derrickson

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone

Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller

Released: 2012

Rating: 5 out of 5.


First things first, Mr Boogie is one scary as a demon, never have I ever driven home from a cinema, attempting to remember where the old family camera is and how I could avoid it for the next few months, it didn’t help that I saw this film in a deserted cinema, so got sucked into the film more than when I’m surrounded by chatty kids.

Sinister (2012)

The story of Sinister is based around Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke), a true-crime writer, whose latest few books haven’t matched up to his first book, moving from town to town, writing about crimes that the police have failed on, solving them in the process, but after moving to the latest house, he finds a box in the loft containing film canisters showing the deaths of different families, each in a different gruesome fashion, which Ellison believes will be his way back to the big time, but as the films get worse and the deeper he delves, little does he know, he is putting his family next on the list.

This film went straight into my list of favourite movies, which was slightly surprising as the 2010s were mostly a sucsession of bland, found footage Paranormal Activity rip-offs and jumpscare-filled Conjuring remakes. But Sinister set out not just to be a good genre flick, but also to weave an interesting story of just how far someone will go to recapture success and fame, even if it involves gaslighting their loved ones and putting themselves and those around them in danger.

This dark and foreboding film creates the perfect atmosphere for a horror, filled with disturbing images, straight from the first shot, which made sure to let the audience know they are in for a rough ride filled with ‘snuff films’, And if you’re like me, you no longer wish to see a Super 8 film ever again for fear of meeting 5 ghost children and a Pagan, which anyone who has seen The Wicker Man will know is only going to lead to death and suffering, plus any pagan imagery can make any story terrifying, even the most basic pagan symbols seem to have some sort of evil look to them, especially if they are drawn on a wall behind a burning car filled with people.

Ethan Hawke in Sinister (2012)

Unfortunately, I can’t find any of the artwork sketches that were used to show the history of the demon which is just plain freaky and give the impression that Mr Boogie or Bughuul as he should be known, has been abducting children, through different mediums for millennia, but over time, he has been forgotten and can now go about his business; he is a frightening prospect, but so are the children, creepy little things that move around the house in the dark, giving the film some of its more memorable scares, plus creeping you out in the final scenes.


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