SINISTER IS A SOLID HORROR MOVIE
… AND DEPUTY SO-AND-SO IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT
So… Bughuul exists in my brain now…
It’s rare that I go into a movie without at least seeing one trailer. But I’m happy that was the case when I sat down to watch Sinister. It’s nice to go into a movie with a clean slate. Especially a horror movie.
I’ve been complaining a lot about the lack of Paranormal Activity Experiences lately. By that I mean, a horror movie that truly scares me and an audience that doesn’t ruin everything. We sat in the theater last night with no more than 30 other people. It was completely silent except for a few jumps and laughs after a big scare. Usually at the hands of an extremely creepy demon that enjoys home movies and eating children’s souls.
From a filmmaking stand point, I thought Sinister was great. The movie evolves almost repetitively with new little bits of information every horrific night. These scenes are accompanied by a fantastic score featuring repetitive beats that intensify relentlessly throughout Baghuul’s crazy terrors.
At it’s core, Sinister is about a true crime writer named Ellison who is obsessed with regaining his former fame. So he moves his family into a house with hopes of writing the story of the horrible events that occurred in the back yard. Soon he discovers a box of 8mm films. All of them depict a different family being brutally murdered. This movie is very deliberately paced. The more movies Ellison studies, the crazier things become.
At one point, he’s about to watch a movie called ‘Lawn Work’. My wife immediately whispered:
“I don’t want to see lawn work…”
She was scared. So was I. That’s a successful horror movie in my book.
What I love about Sinister is how well they established Bughuul as a truly sinister force. The more you learn, the more you dread his appearances throughout the movie. I loved that learning about Bughuul didn’t feel forced. Ellison is a writer and research must be done after all. Bughuul is developed well enough that I searched to see if he’s based on a real demon. He’s not but it was worth a look.
I’m also a big fan of Deputy So-And-So. He’s a fantastic supporting character who shows up sporadically and says EXACTLY what the audience is thinking. Why the hell would you move into a house 9 months after a family is brutally murdered? Makes perfect sense. The Deputy adds an unexpected humor element to the movie that’s needed between Bughuul sightings.
All in all, I thought Sinister was a great entry into the supernatural horror genre. Right down to an ending that doesn’t feel like a Hollywood cop-out. For example: I thought Insidious was an awesome horror movie but it lost me in the end when.. the sleeping adventure occurs. (I’m trying to be spoiler free) However, I did love that villain. (aka Demon Darth Maul)
Sinister is everything I loved about Insidious without the slight cheese in the end. It has a really creepy looking villain who shows up just enough to keep you guessing. That’s all you can ask for in a horror movie at this time of year. Big scares. Believable story. More scares.
Welcome to my nightmares Bughuul.