Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) is a true-crime writer that moved into a house with his family, not telling them that a horrible crime had been committed some time ago. Oswalt hasn't had a gig in a while, in fact, his life is going down the tubes.
Not telling anyone about this house is one thing, but finding the super 8 home movies that go back to the 60s is another different spectrum. Each short movie is about the death of the victims; More like a show and tell too what had occurred.
The film is one of the most disturbing films to date. It's a huge statement but that's the truth; Just look at the source material. It's amazing because of Ethan Hawke. The man who basically made the movie. The supporting actors were great, but Ethan Hawke really outdid himself in this film. No matter what happened this is the guy you want as a team leader. Anyway, the movie falls under horror, but it's very suspenseful.
Sinister highlights the vulnerability of people. Oswalt (Hawke) was curious which by then he succumbed by the power of the super 8 movies. Not the actual movies, but the pull it had. He watched them so much, it created an addiction. His finding of something evil in the videos, pictures created a sense of urgency.
All the writer wanted was a book, a desperate attempt to make something better. An adverse reasoning, but what he had established was dangerous. The curious Joe had gone too far deep, and now his family is nothing more than bait for the evil. Sinister has a different vibe, from opening the super 8s to realizing the entity in the film is out for blood.
Needless to say, this film is more than a horror movie. It can be real, although why would you want to even go near those movies unless something evil is behind it. The way it pulled you in. The horrible events leading to the final Act was terrifying. This film is low budget, a once in a lifetime thing. The events couldn't be defined as just a horror movie. This film feels all too real. Something to look at, just remember to watch it with the lights off, and complete silence. Some sequels don't do the film justice, and that was the case for Sinister. The second film fell completely off the grid. Not because of the characters, but the events which the story unfolded was really a one-shot deal. The originality of the film was lost in the second, and unfortunately, that's what happens, and is very common in the film industry.
Hope you enjoyed my picks this October. Like I mentioned early on I wanted something very different, a reach for the dark. Sometimes the same bores, and having the same movies each year as the top films is pretty lame. Unlike other sites, the Reeltime Movie Review keeps on moving with new and fresh ideas coming your way. Just stay with me as I continue to review movies to the core.