From the mind that brought us The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Hellraiser: Inferno, comes a film that will have you jumping out of your seat on numerous occasions and will make you pose the question, “how much can I really trust my family?”Once again, it is the slightly original storyline which makes Sinister interesting, demons have always played a part in the horror genre – The Exorcist, Evil Dead, but this film has a twist which shows the demon not doing all of the work.
Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke), is a famous writer, and has decided to move his family to a new home and begin writing his new book. However what his family do not know is that they have just moved into the house where a family was recently murdered, Ellison believes that being in the house where the crime happened will help him to submerge himself into the book he is writing. He finds an old box full of films in the attic and proceeds to watch them. The films show various different families being killed, dating all the way back to the 1960s, and after a bit of editing the films he realises that they all contain a certain symbol in them and the same ghoulish figure is always present during the murders. Ellison consults a man who specialises in the occult and demonic phenomena, and finds out that symbol and the figure are connected to a demon called Bughuul, who chooses a child from a family, steals them and kills all the other members. Now, because of Ellison’s meddling due to his interest in his book, it is happening to his family, and he must find a way to stop it before himself and his loved ones are slaughtered and become just another film in the box.
The creepy being which lurks around the house and in the films, helps to intensify the fear which the film is putting across, which, in a way, differs from a typical horror film. Generally not seeing what is hunting you is scarier, as you use your imagination and think of the worst thing possible (The Blair Witch Project), then when you actually see what it is some of the fear is taken away because it is not as scary as you thought, like with films such as The Woman in Black and White Noise. However Sinister shows the villain all the way through the film and still manages to keep the creepiness on a high level.
If it is not the creepy Bughuul that will haunt you after seeing this film, then it most definitely has to be the imaginative deaths which the previous families suffered. Some are burned alive, some are drowned and another family are all hanged from the same tree in their back garden. It is not what they die from though, people being drowned hung check and burnt has been in horror films numerous times, it is the way in which they are killed. A contraption is created from a tree to pull all the family up by their necks at the same time, and, with the drowned family, they are tied to pool-side chairs which are attached to cinder blocks that are pushed into the families swimming pool, one by one dragging them underwater.
It was a had quite an imaginative plot, which, although at points was quite predictable, it still offered some great scares and a spectacular ending, which is not normally seen in an American horror film.
Tag Line: Once You See Him, Nothing Can Save You.
Horror Rating: (:-O) (:-O) (:-O)
Star Rating: ☆☆☆