Friday, August 25, 2017

Sinister (2012)

Sinister is the tale of a true crime writer who finds a bizarre set of old Super 8 home movies that reveal a string of unusual murders that all have something pretty sinister in common.

This movie is truly chilling, particularly with the involvement of young victims. The viewing of the home movies are perhaps the most disturbing parts, although the complete story is both original and scary.

The cast of characters is diverse, from the jaded crime writer with very little humor to the helpful police deputy who at first seems to exist solely for comic relief. The characters all have their ticks and quirks, although one character who suffers from sleeping disorders seems to have no real purpose for it other than to freak out the audience.

The film is not overly gratuitous with the blood and gore, it shows you just enough to make you squirm as your imagination fills in the blanks. The special effects are, for the most part, done well. Although there is some use of CGI that seems a bit more Disney-esque that takes you out of the moment, but only for a moment.

But the real star of this film is the music score and the bizarre soundtrack of the home movies. A creepy, clashing 70's style music paired with sound effect hits at just the right times. Truly brilliant.

Film Information: Sinister

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