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By James Whittington, Wednesday 13th February 2013
Sinister - DVD
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Extras: Two Commentaries, Crime Authors Feature, House Of Death Feature, Fear Experiment, Trailers
Dark with just the right amount of plot twists, Sinister was one of the real highlights of FrightFest 2012. Directed with thought by Scott Derrickson, the film is a smart idea taken to a nerve-shredding conclusion.
Desperately in need of a best seller to revive his struggling career, true crime writer Ellison (Ethan Hawke), moves his family to the scene of his most recent story; the unsolved, gruesome murder of a loving, happy suburban family. Shunned by the local community and strained by his obligations to his family, the discovery of a batch of home movies in the attic offers Ellison shocking proof to the crime he is investigating. Ellison notices the same unidentified figure appearing in each of the 8mm films, leaving him convinced that all the incidents are linked by a truly bizarre connection. As his investigations uncover the terrifying truth he starts to lose his grip on reality and it soon becomes clear that he is placing his own family in harm’s way.
Written with confidence by C. Robert Cargill (inspired by a nightmare he had) and Scott Derrickson, Sinister contains a classic horror structure with a subtle contemporary slant that makes it seem fresher than most of the same ilk. It's helped along by a small cast that keep the film rooted and never lets it get too farcical, something Insidious was guilty of. Ethan Hawke holds it all together with a strong performance of a man teetering on the edge of sanity. There are a few odd moments of comedy that slice through the ever increasing bleakness the film becomes swallowed by and you do come away from it exhausted.
Special mention needs to go to the sound mixer who has given the film a real edge being incredibly organic adding much atmosphere to the experience. The optical soundtrack at the start in really unnerving and sets the whole tone of the piece.
Sinister is a great horror movie and I'm looking forward to knowing what other nightmares C. Robert Cargill can write for the big screen.
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