31 Days of Horror: Sinister (R; 2012; 110 min)


After finding out another horror movie blogger rated this movie as a true scare, I couldn’t wait to watch it. And for the most part, it’s a good, creepy, pulse-pounding tale. I was somewhat disappointed in the ending, however, as well as the not-too-creepy makeup artistry (I’m being careful to not give too much away here) on some key players in the end. Nevertheless, I do recommend this as a good addition to your 31 Days of Horror.

Ethan Hawke is superb as Ellison Oswalt, a hush puppy-wearing true crime writer who moves his unknowing wife, son, and daughter to the scene of a murder/abduction to research his latest book. When he finds a box of 8mm home movies in the attic of the new house, each depicting a family’s murder from some past time and place, he begins to piece together the story of a serial killer in action over several decades.

As his son’s night terrors increase in number and intensity, and his daughter begins to paint dead girls on the wall, and strange noises awake him (and only him) each night, and a sinister boogey man appears in each home movie, and…you get the idea…Ellison continues his research and his drinking. But can he piece together the clues and solve the mystery before he loses his sanity, his family, and his beloved cable knit sweater?

  • Top Scare: Home Movie
  • Heartbeats: 3 1/2 out of 5
  • Gore Factor: 2 out of 5
  • Suspense Factor: 4 out of 5
  • Recommended for: 15 or 16 and up

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