Sunday, October 14, 2012
In Theaters: SINISTER (2012)
(US/UK - 2012)
Directed by Scott Derrickson. Written by Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Dalton Thompson, James Ransone, Clare Foley, Michael Hall D'Addario. (R, 109 mins)
Horror fans can often the most demanding, nit-picky, and impossible-to-please movie audience out there. I include myself in that to a certain extent and of course there's things one could grumble about in SINISTER but they're relatively minor and for a film dealing with the supernatural and a demonic serial killer with the possible ability to traverse realms of existence, you can't complain about something not being "realistic," or, as one IMDb commenter states, "The wife sure is a heavy sleeper!" Just shut up. SINISTER is one of the best horror films to come down the pike in some time, and if you're tired of CGI silliness or torture-porn excess or creatively-bankrupt remakes, then you'll forgive the minor lapses in logic and the lack of documentary realism. For the most part, SINISTER is smart, character-driven, deeply unsettling and genuinely terrifying.