Reviewed by: Steve Warburton
murder of family
child in peril
demons in the Bible
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|Featuring:||Ethan Hawke … Ellison Oswalt
Juliet Rylance … Tracy
Fred Dalton Thompson … Sheriff
James Ransone … Deputy
Michael Hall D’Addario … Trevor
Clare Foley … Ashley
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|Director:||Scott Derrickson—“Deliver Us from Evil” (2014), “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” (2005), “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “Hellraiser: Inferno”|
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“Once you see him, nothing can save you.”
Prequel: “Sinister 2” (2015)
“Sinister” scared me, which is tough to do since I’m a veteran moviegoer, and I can usually see a twist from a mile away. But ultimately, it’s just another one of those creepy horror movies where evil wins.
The plot: A true crime writer moves his family into a house that was the scene of a massacre. In the attic, he discovers a box of home movies that show other families being killed. These movies are especially creepy because they’re old movies—grainy footage with no sound—and they do inspire some genuine chills. Gradually, our writer friend begins to suspect that this isn’t just the work of a serial killer, there’s something more malevolent behind these killings.
I should stop there, lest I be accused of offering too many spoilers. I’ll just say this movie has a heavy Occultic undertone. A demon is referenced by name, but I’m not sure if it’s a real demon from Christian legend or just something the screenwriters made up.
Is there anything redeeming in “Sinister”? Sure there is. Toward the halfway point, the writer gets into an argument with his wife over what’s more important, his book or the well-being of his family (it’s hard to take the husband’s point of view here). The writer also converses with a police officer, where he confesses he doesn’t believe in anything supernatural. I suppose that could be taken as a warning that such a materialistic worldview is definite spiritual suicide.
When the movie was over, I left the theater feeling depressed and a little cold. I hate that I feel compelled to watch these movies.
Violence: Heavy to Extreme (hangings, gagged people burned alive in car, drownings, throats cut, lawnmower runs over person's head, axe murders) / Profanity: Moderate to heavy—GD, Good G_d, My G_d, Christ, Oh my G_d (2), Oh G_d (2), f-word, s-words (5), hell (3) / Sex/Nudity: Mild
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