Then again, there are some cases that’ll make you slap your forehead. Let’s just say that there are some things that can’t be written off simply as stress. Like dangerous, unexplainable things. Instead of moving out and, you know, not putting his family in danger, Oswalt does what we’ve seen about a million times by now; he punches his ticket and signs his own death warrant.
And this is where the movie might lose some. Ellison was written as overly ambitious yet sympathetic from the start, but there are times when he’s either not believable as a character or just a profound bag of hammers. Around this point in the film, it’s worth noting that because the atmosphere’s been building and building and is ready to blow, the effect might be lost entirely on those who’ve lost their patience.
But whatever, man. I liked it. Sinister doesn’t try to revel in audacity, and take the easy route of turning into a schlock-fest. It actually does its best to be a movie that actually works like a movie! It’s not some circle-jerk of blood and broken bones (though those totally have their place), instead there’s something of an art to what’s being done here, and if you don’t flip into a rage by the main character’s actions, you might be in for a tasty treat.
Lighting and score are definitely in good hands here, as Ethan Hawke’s deep facial grooves and anxiety are given the spotlight, while he wanders through a creaking house where some kind of supernatural something-or-other might be lurking around the corner.
And the best part? The whole “supernatural possessive force” that antagonizes the main character could easily be written off as mental manifestations! HO-YEAH, amovie that’s actually about something? NoFaceNorm likey.
*The baghul eats children*
The Verdict: [rating:3]
This is neither Final Destination nor is it The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It’s more like The Lady in Black, except sans the whole “induced narcolepsy” thing. It’ll grab you by the goonies and give you the feeling that you’re standing at the edge of a cliff, as opposed to bashing you over the head with some dude’s entrails. If you’re looking for some atmospheric horror to quell your appetite before you dive into a sea of graphic horror, then I’ve no choice to give Sinister a solid recommendation.
(Because there’s a guy with a gun to my head.)