Top Ten Best Things About the Movie Sinister
While it gets a little fuzzy at the very end, I feel like this is a story that hasn't been done before, and in Hollywood, that's saying A Lot. Some of the basic themes may have been similar, or borrowed from other movies, but the main theme, the main story is super unique. Gotta love that.
It's definitely a special storyline.
This is a horror movie that you can watch over and over again, and catch something new each time. I made the mistake of watching this in the theater, right after being bombarded with the trailers of it playing everywhere, and at the time, I didn't think it was scary. I felt like they put every scary part but one into the trailers, so I didn't end up watching it very closely. Well I watched it again after maybe a year or more, and the person I was watching it with asked me "haven't you seen this before? " because I was freaked out so bad. I replied that I had, but that I was catching so much more this time, that it was almost like watching a movie new to me. So, if you either haven't seen, or didn't love this movie, I urge you to watch, or re-watch it so you can catch some of the things you might have missed the first time. It's worth it.
Watching once upon a time heartthrob Ethan Hawke become a dad to tween kids was an interesting change for me, though younger audiences might not mind. What did surprise me though, is how well he did, and how perfect he was for this role. I totally believed him. I loved him, sometimes I hated him, sometimes I felt sorry for him, or scared for him. That's good acting.
This cutie was sort of a scene stealer every time he was on screen. I thought he was a genius addition to this show, with just the right amounts of adorable, funny, and hilariously serious. He also plays a pretty important role in the show, and all in all I really thought he was a hidden gem in this movie.
The house they pick out, and the tree in the back, really add to the mood of the movie. When he walks around in the house, I always found it slightly disorienting, and pretty creepy. The subtle use of "the tree" in the background often was also quite genius, and another thing I didn't notice until I watched it again.
The use of lighting, camera angles, music, and other things really come together to set the mood for this movie. The director is a master of manipulating the mood for this entire movie, I think. I love in a horror movie when I realize that I have in fact, been manipulated by the movie into a certain mood or feeling. It really helps to draw people into a movie, and take them out of themselves for a while.
Though not a new concept, the use of this found footage in the super 8 form is pure genius in this movie. the way the light flickers disorients, and the way the film is slightly grainy makes you look harder, and then when you finally see something…. The impact is bigger, more intense. Also, I feel that there's just something creepy about the sound that a Super 8 makes, and the sometimes jerky movements it makes the film do.
The music in this movie masterfully manipulates our feelings through sound. The sounds that happen while he's playing the super 8 haunted me for the rest of the night, and I found myself wondering, "how on earth did someone pick music so perfect, so haunting and creepy and so fitting for this scene, and the way this scene was"? How do people even think this stuff up?
Holy crap. One of the scariest movie characters I've ever seen, and one that sticks with you and makes you want to sleep with the lights on. His makeup, the way he moves, ugh, everything about this character is just plain scary. The stuff our original nightmares are made of. The fact that he is a pagan deity makes it even more scary, I think, because it ventures into a time period that we understand little about, and have no recourse against. Possession movies, you have the Christian God, but what about the things that went bump in the night before modern god was an idea?
Gonna give me nightmares...