(I) (2012)

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Rather than another drearily workaday horror picture, Sinister uses the supernatural to underline its examination of the all-too-human foibles of insecurity and myopic self-centeredness. As the best horror stories so often do, Sinister makes clear that we are our own boogeymen, the worst monsters of all.
I knew perfectly well, after a while, what Sinister was going to scare me with. But I got scared anyway.
And then there is Vincent D'Onofrio, as a university professor of the occult and mythological, who opens up a line of possibility that eventually saves the ending from being a red herring. Yes, the ending is horrifying, but I don't believe in that stuff. I'm pretty sure I don't.
Even though the ending is inescapable (and therefore predictable), that does little to diminish its effectiveness.
It comes together with a gruesome though excellent ending that some will find difficult to shake.
Occasionally stupid (stretching even fright-flick conventions) but scary nonetheless, the picture should please horror fans.
The clichés are still clichés. They've just been renovated.
Despite the hype, this horror story can't shake its run-of-the-mill storytelling.
Here's the thing: Found footage is scary when - because - it leaves you to fill in a lot of the blanks yourself. But actually watching whole families have terrible things done to them - well, hard-core horror fans may dig it, I guess. I'd call it forced voyeurism of the worst sort.
A mixed bag of old-school and contemporary horror tricks that occasionally raises a hair prickle of intrigue.
Ellison's fascination with celluloid to solve a crime recalls Antonioni's "Blowup," but Scott Derrickson is unable to conjure an aura that isn't as transparent and weightless as a ghost.
Ridiculous, and never scary, and with the worst ghost makeup in the history of the horror genre, Sinister is enjoyable, even funny at times. Most amusing might be watching Hawke play a character willing to do anything to regain his fame.

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