Horror Thriller - While lacking the excessive graphic gore or even language of most
horror films, this is still much too scary and intense for children,
especially with young children figuring into the story. This is
mostly a big showcase for star Ethan Hawke, with all other actors
PROFANITY: 3 S-words; 1 GD;a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Hangings and killings with minimal blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some tobacco and frequent alcohol. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Some comic lines and kid humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good It has been a long time since there has been a genuinely creepy horror movie available to audiences in search of a good Halloween scare; Sinister provides that missing October ingredient.
Roger EbertFull Review Good 'Sinister' is a story made of darkness: mysterious loud bangs in the attic, distant moans from the dead, vulnerable children, an egomaniac crime writer and his long-suffering wife, who is plenty fed up even before she discovers he has moved his family into the same house where horrifying murders took place.
Washington PostFull Review Below Average Yet even by these low standards, the hero of 'Sinister' is almost unaccountably dumb. So, unfortunately, is the movie.
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>Ten years ago, true crime writer Ellison Oswald (Hawke) made his reputation with
account of a notorious murder. Now, desperate to replicate the critical and
financial success of his first
book, he moves his loyal wife (Juliet Rylance), over-anxious son (Mark Hall
D'Addario) and artistic
daughter (Clare Foley) into a home where a suburban family was brutally executed
and a child
disappeared, hoping to find inspiration in the crime scene.
Instead he discovers a mysterious box containing Super 8 footage of the
more equally gruesome homicides. As he watches the carnage unfold on film,
Ellison realizes he has
stumbled onto evidence of a decades-long killing spree. But rather than going to
the local authorities, he
keeps the movies to himself, hoping to publish another acclaimed book based on
As Ellison starts to piece together the mind-bending truth about the crimes and
unseen intruders and inexplicable goings-on disrupt his once peaceful household.
Slowly, he begins to
realize that his ambition has placed him and his family in the path of an
ancient and bloodthirsty
adversary who has marked them as his next victims.