Ah, it's good to be back and writing about horror again...it's been a while! Today we're going to talk about one of the two horror films that scared me so bad I almost had to turn it off.
Sinister was released in 2012 and horrified people everywhere. It tells the story of Ellison (Ethan Hawke), a true-crime writer who moves his family into a house where a horrendous murder took place (unbeknownst to the family, of course) in order to write a new novel. While exploring the house, Ellison finds a film projector and a box in the attic, which he brings downstairs and sets up...and he watches the brutal murders of families by the hand of a serial killer who has been killing since the 1960s. But how does a serial killer work from the '60s until 2012...? Well...
This film lends itself to being truly terrifying by introducing what I consider to be one of the most creepy, disturbing horror villains of all time: Bughuul, a Babylonian deity, as explained by a college professor in the film, who has an insatiable craving for children.
Bughuul's (or commonly spelled Bagul) habit of eating children is not based on a real Babylonian deity, as many people think, but he was modeled after the female demon Abyzou who was known for causing miscarriages fueled by envy of others having children because she was infertile.
He works by forcing his way into the lives of families in houses where murders have occurred. Once someone in the family has watched all of the films that he leaves for them (for Ellison they appeared in his attic), he is able to bring himself into the mortal world. As soon as he has made his way into the house, he is able to attach himself to a child that becomes his next meal, so he can then make his way to another family.
But Buhguul is responsible for some of the most horrifying death scenes in any horror films I've ever seen. Caution: the following video is NOT for the faint of heart. (And here's a challenge: don't flinch!)
Did you see him? No? I didn't think so. He lurks in the shadows, watching and waiting for the murders to take place and that's when he comes and claims his meal.
So who is committing these murders? Well, that's for you to find out when you watch the film.
If you've already seen Sinister and are already in love with it/creeped out to no end like I am, the sequel, Sinister II is hitting theaters this summer! -insert terrified and excited squeal here-