A true crime author moves his family into a home where an unsolved horrific multiple murder took place and finds a stash of 8mm home movies in the attic, he believes he’s found evidence of a serial killer going all the way back to the 1960s. Ethan Hawke plays Ellison Oswalt, a famous (though his fame is fading) true crime writer who has moved his family into the home where a grisly multiple murder happened. The movie actually opens with what appears to be grainy, home movie video (or film) of the crime that happened in this very home. Now, he hasn’t told his wife or young family that a murder happened here… You see, he’s trying to write his next big (and hopefully biggest yet), book and perhaps living in the house of the crime he wants to write about may provide that inspiration. Late one night, while investigating some nocturnal noises, Ellison finds himself in the attic where he finds a stash of 8mm home movies, and a projector. Over the next few weeks/months he reviews these movies… only to be led to believe he has stumbled upon the proof of a previously unknown serial killer with crimes that go back to the 1960s. Trying to get information about the crime that happened from the local chief of police isn’t going to be easy as he isn’t a fan of Ellison’s work, as it often makes the police looked like buffoons. Luckily he is able to get an inside to the police by befriending one of the newer Deputies, who happens to be a big fan of Ellison’s. Uncovering proof of other unsolved murders which seem to tie in with the scenes found on the movies he discovered in his attic. He also enlists the help of a Professor Jonas (Vincent D’Onofrio), as there are similar symbols left at the scenes of each crime scene. The more Ellison investigates, the weirder and deeper the weirdness grows. Now his own kids are seeing and doing the unexplained…
Damn this is a good, creepy horror movie. Hell, it even includes what I would condiser a half-decent twist! I find that the movie managed to create and sustain a level of suspense (and aforementioned creepiness) that is rare lately. Also, it’s nice o see Ethan Hawke in a movie, as I always enjoyed his acting.
So, check out Sinister if you are looking for a better than your run of the mill suspenseful horror flick. Check out the trailer blow, folks:
I absolutely loved this film when I was a kid. I am ld enough to say I saw it in the theatres without my parents.
For years I have occasionally thought of this movie, fondly of corse. When I saw that it was available here on Netflix I was hesitant – I didn’t want this to be one of those situations where I watch a movie that I loved as a kid and then end up walking away hating it for being a piece of garbage, ruining a great memory, After watching this I am very happy to say that isn’t the case with this film: it’s still a fun movie.
It’s the story of three good friends that build a space ship based on some schematics that one of them, Ben Crandall (played by Ethan Hawke) dreams up his brainy friend Wolfgang Muller (played by the late River Phoenix) builds into a circuit board and contrlloed by his might Aplle IIC, combines it with part of an old Tilt-a-Whirl. Along the way they pick up a new friend, tough guy with a big heart Steve Jackson (played by Jason Presson) and it’s off they go. After a few bumps during test flights (including just about getting caught by a chopper pilot), they make the big flight and fingd themselves brought aboard a larger spaceship where they finally get to meet the aliens that set the whole thing up… with a twist.
This is a fun movie and admittidedly is a kid (teen) movie – that said, it’s a fun adventure that has aged well.
Here is the trailer: