4 March 2013 4:33 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Scott Derrickson’s “Sinister” was beloved in certain horror-loving circles (including a rave from our very own Adam Fendelman) and it’s indicative of the state of the genre that this film’s flaws were overlooked simply because it’s so undeniably vastly superior to junk like “Paranormal Activity 4” and “The Last Exorcism, Part II.” There are some great ideas in “Sinister” and a truly strong central performance from the always-good Ethan Hawke but the film meanders at 110 minutes and the final act proves that pacing problems will be the most horrific thing about a poorly-written horror film.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

I was totally with the first act of “Sinister,” a film about a true crime writer who moves into a house with a mysterious past only to discover that he’s in the line of supernatural fire himself. There are some nicely creepy moments and truly shocking imagery (most of it on grainy film, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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