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Sinister (2012)



Critic Consensus: Its plot hinges on typically implausible horror-movie behavior and recycles countless genre cliches, but Sinister delivers a surprising number of fresh, diabolical twists.

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Sinister is a frightening new thriller from the producer of the Paranormal Activity films and the writer-director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Ethan Hawke plays a true crime novelist who discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing home movies that plunge his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror. -- (C) Summit

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Ethan Hawke
as Ellison Oswalt
Rob Riley
as E.M.T.
Janet Zappala
as Reporter
Victoria Leigh
as Stephanie
Ethan Haberfield
as Pool Party Boy
Danielle Kotch
as Lawn Work Girl
Blake Mizrahi
as Sleepy Time Boy
Nick King
as Bughuul/Mr. Boogie
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Critic Reviews for Sinister

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (37)

More stupid than scary, Sinister can't even figure out who its real demon is.

October 13, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It comes together with a gruesome though excellent ending that some will find difficult to shake.

October 12, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A mixed bag of old-school and contemporary horror tricks that occasionally raises a hair prickle of intrigue.

October 12, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Despite some effective bumps and frights, and at least one memorable jolt from a full-throated D'Addario, "Sinister" is mainly just a series of snuff-reels with sick-joke titles ...

October 12, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

C'mon, Ethan Hawke, you're better than this. Isn't there a "Before Sunset" sequel that needs your attention?

October 12, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The hero of "Sinister" is almost unaccountably dumb. So, unfortunately, is the movie.

October 12, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sinister



Japes .
Japes .

Super Reviewer

The classic case of a great premise, cast and decent delivery is entirely ruined by a preachy, downright laughable final twist that is so predictable and unscary you can't help you just wasted two hours of your life. Which is sad, because for the longest time this is interesting and has a few decent scares. When will the Evil Kids trope finally die? Oh and before you think I'm spoiling anything, the poster already does apparently. At least the use of music is overall fantastic here.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

It's been a long time since I can say that a horror flick instilled horror in me...but this one scared the beejeebers out of me. I was completely creeped out throughout the entire movie. Even the background music, and sound effects, were spooking me. I am most definitely going to have trouble sleeping with the lights off tonight. Yikes!

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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