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Reviews: Sinister (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Beth Accomando @ Cinema Junkie
    • Excerpt: And finally, “Sinister” does want to scare you. It may have some laughs but it is not one of those self-reflexive, jokey, “Scream”-style flicks that goes for laughs because it’s too scared to go for genuine horror.
  • Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: A most delicious kind of horror movie… gives us a nice adrenaline boost and otherwise doesn’t linger.
  • Enrique Buchichio @ Cartelera.com.uy [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Hay algunos momentos de suspenso bien resueltos, pero cuando la revelación finalmente llega (y no es, precisamente, impredecible) la sensación que queda es algo parecido a la intrascendencia.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: I welcome this new genre of restrained filmmaking that relies less on overt gore or found footage to make things work. “Sinister” taps into the psychological terror that has been missing from a lot of modern horror movies.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …a movie with some fine performances and an outstanding, creative score by Christopher Young, that provides the heebie-jeebies while you’re watching it but won’t have you checking beneath your bed later on.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …it’s the way it uses our fears to misdirect us that make Sinister an engaging, and surprising, horror film… perhaps even one of the most frightening in years.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]he developments in the last act only serve to deflate the atmosphere of unease that has come before them.
  • Panagiotis Gkaris @ Movies Ltd
    • Excerpt: Derrickson delivers adequately by creatively lending from classic horror past material (from The Exorcist to The Ring) and sticking to his protagonist’s story; you can’t get your eyes off of what he sees, even though you may detect in his eyes that he’s worshiping the wrong God.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: An ominous beginning to a fright-filled fortnight.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Harris @ About.com
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Worth a look for Ethan Hawke’s crankily intriguing performance as a writer who places himself in a creative pressure cooker of a situation, but not for much else.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: Not groundbreaking, “Sinister” is a solid scary movie, just in time for scary movie season.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Sinister works best when it adopts a minimalist approach, with director Scott Derrickson and composer Christopher Young providing a suitably overbearing and overwhelming atmosphere. However, the movie runs into problems when it’s forced to play its hand.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: If you’re looking for some cinematic jolts this Halloween season, skip the redundant and unsatisfying Paranormal Activity 4 – Sinister really delivers the goods.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: For “Sinister,: Ethan Hawke, who sometimes pretends to be a writer in real life, pretends to be one onscreen. In the movie, Hawke is Ellison Oswalt, a true crime author chasing the ghosts of his past success…and who will soon find himself being chased by actual ghosts, which he believes will be the key to his future success.
  • Diego Salgado @ Détour [Spanish]
  • Marcio Sallem @ Cinema com Crítica [Portuguese]
  • [New – 4/26] | Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Worse than the repetitiveness is the increasing silliness as the tale rambles on.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 10:27 am

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