Scott Derrickson's Sinister finds its way to theatres everywhere this weekend, and the R-Rated horror film doesn't disappoint. Ethan Hawke stars as Ellison Oswalt, a struggling true crime novelist who has failed to match the acclaim from the first book he wrote nearly 10 years ago. While relocating his family closer to the scene of the crime, Ellison purposely omits the fact that they're actually purchasing the home where an entire family was murdered (with the exception of one daughter who has gone missing).
Sinister follows in the wake of other supernatural horror movies we've grown to appreciate over the past decade such as The Ring and The Woman in Black. Ethan Hawke is a more than qualified actor and his performance certainly gives a sense of validity to the film. Furthermore, Derrickson (who also penned the screenplay) does a fantastic job of dropping subtle hints all along the way to the movie's satisfying conclusion. Although Sinister finds itself developing in the mold of horror flicks we've seen before, the scares are frequent and the story is creative enough to separate itself as its own entity.
Despite a sense of originality and some quality scares, Sinister has a few noticeable downsides. The film slowly progresses its plot through the use of constant redundancy. The audience dives deeper and deeper into the story through the use of "found footage" by Hawke's character. And no matter how terrifying these reel to reel images are, there's still a massive sense of repetition involved with Sinister. But all in all, Sinister's glowing aspects far outweigh its deficiencies. Thus making Sinister a rather enjoyable horror flick that I recommend seeing.