Warning: May contain spoilers.
Friday, 12:01 AM.
The lights dim signaling for the crowd to stop their chattering. As the trailer roll on, you can feel the tension beginning to rise in anticipation for the movie to begin. The audience is asked to silence their cell phones before an old home movie begins to play on the screen. The picture is disturbing, sending chills down your spine—the thought pops into your mind, “Can they really get away with showing that?” This is only just the beginning.
Sinister hit the theaters on October 12th and who do you think was there? Me of course! The movie is about a family that has moved into a new home. Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) is a true crime writer with a questionable reputation. He has moved his family into a new home in order to write about a kidnapped child who has been presumed to be dead.
This isn’t the first time Ellison has moved his family around in order to write a story. In fact this is his family’s fourth move in the past ten years (if I remember correctly). The family—consisting of a mother and two children—is reluctant to go, but because they love their husband and father they move with little fuss. That’s what families do though, right? They’re there for one another to be supportive.
To say the least soon after their move and they begin to get settled in, we see the family’s life get turned upside down, but despite that, they are still able to be there for one another. After finding a box of old home movies, weird and strange things start happening within the home. I can’t go into too much detail because it will ruin the movie if you ever plan to see it, but take my word for it, things get freaky and they get freaky fast.
Despite the problems that the family encounters, they still seem to be able to stick together and be supportive of one another despite what’s going on. It’s obvious that Ellison’s wife, Tracey, does quickly become frustrated because of Ellison’s increased drinking and his odd behaviors, but in the end—despite him not telling her some vital information—she still supports him and is there for him through thick and thin.
One scene in particular comes to mind with this thought. After Tracey discovers something that Ellison has been keeping from her, she flips out on him (and rightfully so in my opinion). But as the night comes she puts aside her anger, forgives him and invites him to bed instead of making him sleep on the couch all night. She’s the supportive, loving wife once again willing to bend over backwards for her husband so that he can try to achieve his goals.
I think that being there for one another and supporting each other is a key of being a family and said key is evidently there when you watch this movie. Despite all the crap that happens to this family (i.e. being stalked by Bughuul) they are there for one another, trying to survive.
At the end of the day, I thought this movie was well made and a lot better than I had anticipated. It had suspense, twists, turns and even some scares, which isn’t always prominent in today’s horror movies. I’d recommend it to any horror movie fans and of course I would suggest you go at night.
Happy movie going!
First and foremost, have you seen Sinister and what did you think of it? If you found that your significant other or family member was being stalked by some mythical demon, would you stick with them even if it meant that you may die in the end? Share your thoughts!Photo Credit: Alliance Films
Posted on October 15, 2012 by Felicia