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Sinister (I) (2012)

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A true-crime writer finds a cache of 8mm home movies films that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose career dates back to the 1960s.

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True-crime writer Ellison Oswalt moves himself and his family into a house where a horrific crime took place earlier, but 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. He uses some "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. Will they survive? Written by Michael Hallows Eve

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$18,007,634 (USA) (12 October 2012)

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$48,056,940 (USA) (28 December 2012)
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Really good modern horror!
5 October 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I went to see this on the opening day with five other friends and to say the least, we had a blast! The story is simple yet at the same time, very interesting. It has the structure of a standard horror film but a few unique twists and turns help mold it into something greater than that. The jumps are brilliantly executed, and the film does well to create a creepy atmosphere that's sure to scare/please most horror fans! The actors do what is required of them and help flow the movie along from point a-b. I just felt the film was so involving, it really brought you into the situation and you honestly were scared at certain points. I'm really unaffected by horror films, but this along with "The Exorcist" are one of the few films that have, to a certain extent, unsettled me. I'm sure there are better horror films out there, but certainly not any from this year. To sum it up, the scare level is on par with insidious, but the story is far superior and intriguing. For some it may be a little slow in starting up, but the reasoning for this is simple, this movie actually has a decent plot compared to other horrors and the slow start is required.

There was actually a girl sitting next to me whom I did not know, but she was laughing away to herself and her friends saying that the film was...Sh*t. Well let me tell you, when that first big jump came, I don't think I have ever seen someone actually make air in a chair before. The rest of the films duration saw her hiding behind her hands, jumping like clockwork, and concluded with her saying "That was the scariest film I have ever seen!" The point being, give this movie a chance because it will pay off in the end!

This is my second review on here, and I'm only 17, so I hope it helps you in some way. See this film if you love eerie horror with great jumps and suspense!

7.5/10


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