SINISTER: The Review and Blu Ray Giveaway

SINISTER – What a total mind f**k this film is. I haven’t been so scared in a horror film for years – this is the first film I have turned off because I was too scared in the entire existence of the universe. It releases on Blu Ray and DVD this week and the most awesome people at ICON FILMS have given us two copies to giveaway – to win a copy of this amazing scarefest – see after the article below.

Every now and then you just need to have your emotions rocked. How do I judge a good film? By it’s abilities to elicit an emotional response from me. If it makes me laugh 30 out of the 90mins, then it’s a good comedy, if I cry for 30 out of the 90mins then an exceptional drama, or romance. If I hate a film for abuse to children (my biggest anger inducing thing) then while I hate the film, depending on the amount of hate I have for the film then I also rate it higher because it has done its intended purpose and made me angry – this is the reason why Funny Games is one of my most hated films of all time but also a film I rated a 9. Then we come to horror and a horror is judged by everyone based on a) the stupidity of the characters or b) (and the most important element) its ability to scare the shit out of you. I bring you Sinister………

 

Sinister starring Ethan Hawke
Sinister starring Ethan Hawke

 

This film, Sinister, is the first horror film I have watched by myself where I have had to turn it off because I was too rattled. I finished it in the morning but I could just not do it at night, it is a fear inducing and fear increasing orgy that is pretty simple in its premise, make people scare themselves by making them watch what they are kind of doing, let them perpetuate the evil monster within by letting our imagination and noises in our own home tear us asunder. And then throw in some evil motherfu**ker with a some devil worshiping supernatural element and done – piles of poop left on couches everywhere.

 

Sinister starring Ethan Hawke
Sinister starring Ethan Hawke

 

True-crime writer Ellison Oswalt moves himself and his family into a house where an horrific crime took place earlier, besides himself his family doesn’t know. He is trying to find out more about the crime so he can write a new book about it to help his flailing career. Upon investigating some noises from his scary attic he discovers a box filled with films and a projector already to set up and watch. He uses the contained and freaky “snuff” film footage he finds in the house to help in his research, but he soon finds more than he bargained for. There is a figure in each of the films, but who or what is it? As a result, his family start to suffer (as does he), and things take a turn for the worse.

 

Sinister starring Ethan Hawke
Sinister starring Ethan Hawke

 

The first thing I love about the film. Ethan Hawke – I love him and have grown up with him. He is such a talented actor and so under utilised in Hollywood, is it by choice? Probably. One friend I know mentioned the other day they always found him so dirty looking and wearing cardigans and the kind of actor that would stink. I pointed out Gattaca – he was probably the cleanest person on the planet for that film. I also pointed out that he is just a bohemian so into his art that clothes and money are probably irrelevant to him. Well these are my thoughts anyways – I love him  Then there is the other two actors I know and liked. Fred Dalton Thompson, the old guy, you can rely on in films to be a small character who is awesome or an ass. He plays the sheriff and as soon as you see him you will know who I am talking about. Finally, incredibly underused in the film and also well done so. The well casted Vincent D’Onofrio. He does weird so well. I still think The Cell was his best character, so evil, people may yell at me for that but The Cell is one of the most visual and mind screwing films of all time – LOVED IT. D’Onofrio plays the Professor that knows something about the occult, so typecast in his older age 

The film is produced by Jason Blum, who makes the Paranormal Films, so this is scary already  And it is directed by writer/director, Scott Derrickson, who is best known for a Hellraiser film or two, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and the upcoming (rumored) Potergeist reboot. He both wrote and directed this one and I really think it deserved a cinematic release. It just preys on your fear while you are watching it – I literally closed all the blinds, turned lights and checked the iPhone but still was scared out of my wits. Evil half ghost kids with bloody contortion skills should never be seen 

 

Sinister starring Ethan Hawke
Sinister starring Ethan Hawke

 

I rate this fantastic scare whore of a film 4.5 POPS.

To win one of the two copies of the Blu Ray available, again thanks to ICON FILMS, you need to Tweet us @saltypopcornau with the hashtag #HORRORWIN the answer to the following question:

What is the scariest film of all time and why? (remember 140 characters only :) ) 

If you do not have Twitter then you can put it on our Facebook wall – the links are on the Salty home page so you can get there :) Or if you still have my email address then go for it.

The prizes will be sent out to the winners in the next two weeks. Good luck!

 

4 and a Half Pops

 

 

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