(This review may contain spoilers).
Since I’m planning to see Sinister 2 on Sunday, I thought I’d better rewatch this. And it was only £3, so…
I thought this film was one of the scariest horror movies I’ve seen. There’s something always especially creepy when children are involved… and the very first scene of this movie set the atmosphere for the rest.
The family were easy to empathise with. It was good that the film spent a bit of time establishing the characters and their personalities. It was good to see some interactions between Ellison and Tracy, as well as Ashley’s love of painting.
I liked the fact that there were issues with Trevor, although it would have been good to see a bit more of the background to his night terrors. They did allow for quite a few scary scenes, though.
There were a lot of tense scenes in this movie that kept me watching. There was a good air of mystery… even though there were more supernatural elements than ‘normal’ horror.
There were quite a few jumpy scenes in this movie and a couple where the viewer saw what the characters couldn’t… which was quite effective.
The tapes that Ellison views are especially creepy. The fact that they start off showing a happy family scene and then switch over to violence and murder is especially disturbing… more so because whoever’s filming doesn’t show up, so there’s an invisible extra in all of the films.
There was a lot that was disturbing about this movie, but it was an intriguing watch and did a good job of making me especially creeped out. I wouldn’t recommend watching this movie in the dark on your own.
I recognised the actor playing Ellison and I thought it was good how the character had evolved from his previous views and morals… and how he had to reconcile caring for his family with his need to research and write his book. It was also good to see how he interacted with the police officers.
Although I was disappointed in the ending of this movie, I am looking forward to seeing the sequel on Sunday.