|Genre:||Crime, Horror, Thriller|
Sinister looked like it had great potential. The story was phenomenal and Ethan Hawke was as brilliant as ever. But nothing about it scared me. The aesthetics of it all felt off and the weird slow motion kids just didn't work. It felt like it would have been much better off as a Stephen King short than a feature length film.
The script is much more in-depth than the Paranormal Activity rip off this is being billed as. It's an engaging story about a writer struggling to maintain his career as a successful novelist after his first hit and how far he'll go to cement his legacy as successful writer. He risks is family's and his own safety eventually as the horrors he's investigating finally consume him entirely.
The entire cast does a pretty solid job except for the kids. They weren't scary at all. This whole trend of creepy little kids just needs to die off already. Other than the Ring, there hasn't been another successful case to date so just give up already. The home videos were pretty effective but the rest of the film just wasn't scary. It was much too smart a film to resort to jump scares and cliche creepy little kids.
Sinister just feels like an incomplete film. All brains, no brawn. All substance, no style. It's a welcome change of pace from the typical remakes and handy-cam fare the horror genre has been reduced to these days but just because it's better than most, doesn't mean it's a savior for the genre.