Not so Sinister?

On a bucket list-like quest, I wanted to see a horror movie in the cinema. 21 years old and I’ve never been scared of the big screen? This simply had to be rectified, and what better film to help me achieve a long overdue rite of passage into adulthood than what looked to be one of the best horror films of 2012?

Made by the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious, Sinister was advertised as “the year’s most terrifying film”. The trailer would certainly have you think so! I think there were more jumps and frights packed into those two and half minutes than several horror films put together. Unfortunately, they happened to be all the scary bits of the movie…

On re-watching the trailer after seeing the movie, I was disappointed to notice that every jump, ghoul or creepy child was featured. Retrospectively then, the rest of the film comes across as a lot of uninteresting exposition fitted around the horror of the advert. Not “terrifying” in the least I’m afraid to say. I was all ready to hail this as the modern Poltergeist or even Exorcist from the build up it had received, but it appears that these days a whole lot of hype seems to be just that.

On the back of the Paranormal Activity series, director Scott Derrickson is being donned an innovator of the horror genre, a genius of suspense and intrigue, scaring the crap out of audiences all over the globe. But after watching Sinister and Insidious quite recently, I have to admit that Paranormal Activity comes out on top. Whilst in no way the first of its kind, Blair Witch clearly had the whole videotaping thing down years ago, it managed to reinvent this form with a lot of success. Since then, films like REC and Cloverfield have given it a go but none seem to touch the horror of a film that doesn’t even show you the ghost! Or demon, or whatever it actually is they’re being haunted by. I guess I’ll have to go see Paranormal Activity 4 to figure that one out…

I feel that the Paranormal Activity series is in fact the main problem with Sinister. It becomes predictable. There are only so many times we can be nearly scared, fake scared and then BAM oh look there he is before we start to see them all coming. I’m even going to make a statement that may sicken some film critics but here it goes…the plot was too developed! Yeah I went there, but if you’ve seen it, you’ll know what I mean. Too much time was spent unravelling the intricacies of the film’s supernatural presence and most of this occurs quite happily during the day as we watch Ethan Hawke leisurely scrabble around in the middle of the night lacking any of his own conclusions.

My conclusion? Stay at home and rent The Exorcist. Even if you’ve seen it before, it will still frighten you more than Sinister would.

** 2 Stars

If you’re looking for a much more detailed (and positive!) review of this film, check this out:

Razz love, Becky. xx

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