Top Ten Best Things About the Movie Sinister

The Top Ten
1 The Storyline

While the story gets a little fuzzy at the end, I believe it hasn't been done before, which is saying a lot in Hollywood. Some basic themes might be similar to or borrowed from other movies, but the main story is unique. Gotta love that.

It's definitely a special storyline.

2 The Rewatchability

This is a horror movie you can watch repeatedly and find something new each time. I made the mistake of watching this in the theater after being bombarded with its trailers, which led me to believe it wasn't scary. I felt they put every frightening scene except one in the trailers, so I didn't pay close attention while watching.

After a year or more, I watched it again. The person I was watching with asked, "Haven't you seen this before?" because I was so terrified. I replied that I had, but I was catching much more this time, making it feel almost like a new movie.

If you haven't seen or didn't love this film, I urge you to watch or rewatch it to catch some things you might have missed the first time. It's worth it.

3 Ethan Hawke Ethan Green Hawke is an American actor, writer, and director. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards and a Tony Award.

Watching former heartthrob Ethan Hawke as a dad to tween kids was an interesting change, though younger audiences might not mind. What surprised me was how well he did and how perfectly he fit the role.

I believed him completely. I loved him, sometimes I hated him, and sometimes I felt sorry or scared for him. That's good acting.

4 Detective So-And-So

This cutie stole the scene whenever he was on screen. I thought he was a genius addition to the show with the perfect mix of adorable, funny, and hilariously serious.

He also plays a significant role in the film, and overall, he was a hidden gem in this movie.

5 The Sets

The house they picked and the tree in the back add to the movie's mood. When he walks around the house, I always found it slightly disorienting and quite creepy.

The subtle use of "the tree" in the background was also genius and something I didn't notice until I watched it again.

6 The Mood

The use of lighting, camera angles, music, and other elements effectively sets the movie's mood. The director masterfully manipulates the atmosphere throughout the film.

I love when a horror movie draws me into a specific mood or feeling. It helps viewers immerse themselves in the story, leaving behind their everyday selves for a while.

7 The Use of Super 8 Footage

Although not a new concept, using found footage in Super 8 form is pure genius in this movie. The flickering light disorients, and the slightly grainy film makes you look harder. When you finally see something, the impact is more intense.

There's also something inherently creepy about the sound of a Super 8 projector and the jerky movements it causes in the film.

8 The Soundtrack

The music in this movie expertly manipulates our feelings through sound. The noises during the Super 8 scenes haunted me for the rest of the night. I couldn't help but wonder how someone chose such fitting and eerie music for the scenes. How do people even come up with these ideas?

9 Bughuul, or Mr. Boogie

Holy crap. One of the scariest movie characters I've ever seen, he sticks with you and makes you want to sleep with the lights on. His makeup, the way he moves - everything about this character is just terrifying. He embodies the stuff of our deepest nightmares.

The fact that he is a pagan deity makes it even scarier because it involves a time period we understand little about and have no defense against. In possession movies, you have the Christian God to rely on, but what about the things that went bump in the night before the concept of modern gods?

10 Professor Jonas
The Contenders
11 Super 8 Footage
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