Sinister (2012)

Sinister is a frightening new thriller from the producer of the Paranormal Activity films and the writer-director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Ethan Hawke plays a true crime novelist who discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing home… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: October 12, 2012
DVD Release Date: February 19, 2013
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its plot hinges on typically implausible horror-movie behavior and recycles countless genre cliches, but Sinister delivers a surprising number of fresh, diabolical twists.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

More stupid than scary, Sinister can't even figure out who its real demon is.

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Rafer Guzman

Despite some effective bumps and frights, and at least one memorable jolt from a full-throated D'Addario, "Sinister" is mainly just a series of snuff-reels with sick-joke titles ...

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Krystal Sim

It's not the most original premise, but has some solid performances and genuinely disturbing moments nonetheless.

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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It comes together with a gruesome though excellent ending that some will find difficult to shake.

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Sara Stewart
New York Post

C'mon, Ethan Hawke, you're better than this. Isn't there a "Before Sunset" sequel that needs your attention?

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

What makes Sinister work, or at least work enough... is the fuzzy images on those 8mm film reels, an ancient relic of the olden times when what's captured on film instantly feels like the past tense, tinged with morbid fatality.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A mixed bag of old-school and contemporary horror tricks that occasionally raises a hair prickle of intrigue.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

The hero of "Sinister" is almost unaccountably dumb. So, unfortunately, is the movie.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Even the daytime scenes are shrouded in such deep shadows, you're mainly left wondering why nobody ever just turns on the damn lights.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
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Lafe Fredbjornson
I was haunted by the ghostly snuff films; something about the scratchy old 8mm films and the satanic music which accompanies the images creeped me out. The… More
Jens S.
The classic case of a great premise, cast and decent delivery is entirely ruined by a preachy, downright laughable final twist that is so predictable and… More
Chris Weber
A washed up true crime writer and his family move into a new house where he begins work on a story that he hopes will resurrect his career. After finding a box… More
Cynthia S.
It's been a long time since I can say that a horror flick instilled horror in me...but this one scared the beejeebers out of me. I was completely creeped… More
Pierluigi Puccini
The classical Stephen King-like setup of a writer in retreat working on a new novel, combined with "eyewitness procedurals" like Coppola's The… More