Tuesday, October 16, 2012
I had high expectations for this movie, especially after seeing the previews and also finding out that it was from the creators of "Insidious" and the "Paranormal Activity" films. It did not disappoint. I can't remember being that scared in a horror film...not since I was a kid. Of course, it's very atmospheric and dark, and when you add to the mix a great actor like Ethan Hawke, it makes it even better. The story really is a great one with horrifying elements that make it much more creepy than a typical gore fest would. The supernatural element and the history that surrounds the entity who is responsible for the terrible things that happen are what make it particularly scary. At least when the killer is a flesh and blood person, we always have a hope while we're watching that he/she can be stopped, but in this case, all hope is lost. That feeling gives a terrible feeling in the pit of the stomach. Let me just say that I had so much acid churning in my stomach from the stress of it, I really could have used a pack of TUMS. This film is what all horror movies should be. Those of us who love the genre want to feel like this every time we see one. Sadly, that is not always the case. If you love horror films and genuinely love to be scared, you must see this movie! If you do see it, come back and tell me what you thought, or if you've already seen it, share your thoughts as well.
Other recent scary movies I've seen and how they stack up to Sinister:
This one definitely had some creepy moments and it was a twist on the traditional depictions of possession, but it still did not have the wow factor that Sinister had. Worth a watch, but maybe on DVD.
This one also had creepy moments, but it was was below the caliber of Sinister. The idea of not being able to get away from what's haunting you is definitely unnerving, but it could have been a lot better. Another "wait for the dvd" movie.
Qualifies for R.I.P. VII
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