ByLola Newman, writer at

With the approaching release of Sinister II I thought it suitable to assess what has been to better prepare for what may come.

From the opening scene we are shown what we are in for, a front row seat to a family’s walk to a grizzly grave.

The following set up is atypical of horror, a family move into a new house, a preoccupied, self righteous father and husband keeps secrets so the family settle into an unsuitable home. The plot is at first initially basic horror however this is part of its success, it makes you think you have seen it all before but as the tale unravels and the lead character with it we are privy to a whole new spin on the creepy child genre.

The cinematography is good but it is the false security of the audience that lends itself best to the film. With typical suspense lulling you into thinking you know how it is going to go the film’s greatest attribute is the home movie realism of mass murder.

By aligning itself with the familiar Sinister settles beneath the skin before you know it and by time you realise, you’re already hooked.

The acting is decent with Hawke performing well enough to reach the viewer and ensure our dislike of his character but it is the innocuous soundtrack and sound effects like the crackle of the home movies that makes it.

Although it took me two views to enjoy its offerings Sinister is a movie of superb titling. It is what it says on the tin.

With discreet hints towards a past generational fear of cults such as the Manson family (the super 8 film, the sigils and ritualistic music, the long haired ‘leader’, the missing children and the murder of families with their home) Sinister is a horror of carefully dosed realistic effects that tap into common fears of unease, the unknown and the unthinkable becoming reality.

4**** An unnecessary explanation to the ending.


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