Yeah I know, I know, it’s now 2013 and the movie was released around October 2012 in U.S.A. and many other countries but here in Indonesia, Sinister has just been released in April 2013. My girlfriend and I went to the cinema about 2 (two) weeks ago to watch a movie but unfortunately the Now Playing movies at the cinema in Indonesia that time were not really interesting (at least in our minds), among others Oblivion, Olympus has Fallen and The Croods. The Croods was initially be our chosen movie to watch that day until somehow I saw the poster (as attached in the head of this post) of this movie, Sinister. Sinister is a 2012 supernatural horror movie which was directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill.
Yeah, horror is one of our genres! Moreover we just realized that we haven’t watched horror movie for a long time (can’t remember how long but maybe 2 months). Spontaniously, we changed our mind to swicthed the movie from The Croods to Sinister when we were standing in front of the ticket booth. Although there were many more popular movies playing at that time in Indonesia, we eventually “bet” our Rp 70.000,00 (seventy thousand Rupiah) on an unpopular movie.
Come to the main part of this post, i.e. the review. We actually were surprised with this movie, Sinister! Eventhough not popular in Indonesia, the movie is (surprisingly) good (of course you have to seperate good or bad based on the genre). To me, horror can be good when it can make you scared, surprised, terrified and so on while the storyline may come second or even third.
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. That is the synopsis which provided in the official site of the movie (www.haveyouseenhim.com).
To avoid a spoiler, I am not discussing the scene by scene here. I am just giving opinions of how good or scary the movie is from what I watched.
What: mixed between possessed person and ghost.
How: mixed between murder and supranatural conduct.
Clue: symbol (pagan deity dating back to the times of ancient Babylon).
Apparition: Not too many but there will be 1 (one) or (two) surprising and “very fast” ones but some others are shot far too long so the surprise effect no longer felt.
Make-up: Not good at all since most of the “ghosts” apparition are children (yeah, I am not excited when the ghosts are children when maybe other people think that they are more creepier than “adult ghosts”). In addition, “the main ghost” dressed too American, yeah, I had it fancy when a ghost wore a leather jacket. Put it in a ragged or messy clothes then it will be much scarier.
Background Storyline: Not make sense at all. Ellison Oswalt (Hawke) moves himself and his family into a house where a horrific crime took place earlier, but his family doesn’t know. Although, their previous house is bigger and looks (well this pure my assumption) more comfortable. In addition, one of Tracy’s (Juliet Rylance) dialogue with his husband, Ellison, in the middle of the movie (timeline), on how could he put his family into a danger (by moving to that house) sound pretty clever. So why in the first place that she didn’t questioning him on why he really wanted to move. I mean, it’s okat when you changed a car without having a discussion with your wife but home?
Well after all, like I said earlier in this post that when you watch a horror movie, do not set your “evaluation” on the storyline. In conclusion, Sinister has a good flow with high tension. I even said this to my girlfriend: “Why in the world we really like horror, it doesn’t good for your heart you know!”