Tom H’s Take:

Found footage has become the focus of the horror genre in the past couple years, and it continues to be utilized in the movie Sinister.  Not completely focused on found footage throughout the film, however there is a lot of it.

Crime novelist Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke), along with his wife and two kids, moves into a house months after the previous family was murdered. Oswalt soon finds a box of seemingly harmless reels of family films stored in the attic. To his surprise, these films document the murder of several families. Snuff films found in the house of a murdered family strikes me as odd; you’re telling me the Realtor didn’t clean up the house when they were selling it?

Sinister is basically recycled horror movie ideas that have been overused and completely predictable. The whole time I watched this movie I was not impressed. Visually the effects are good because this is the year 2012 and anyone that makes a multi-million dollar movie should be able to provide these effects.

While this movie was predictable, there were some interesting points where they tried to make us believe the obvious wasn’t going to happen yet it did. Is this a classic in the making? No. Is this a good enough movie to spend your hard earned money watching? No. If I had the chance I would not have spent my money or time on this film. Ethan Hawke, I am sorry that you decided to choose this film. You could not save it even though you’re a pretty good actor.

Originality Rating: 6 out of 10
Scare Rating: 5 out of 10

What did you think about Sinister?

Tom H.
Written by Tom H.
Tom H. is an enthusiast of all things horror, blogger at Tom H's Blog of Horror, and a guest-blogger for You can follow him on Twitter @TomBlogOfHorror.