Movie Review: SINISTER (2012)

Hello again, my creepies!

So in the midst of all of life’s craziness, I was called to a friend’s house to hang out and watch a movie. You’ll have to read the review of what I thought of said movie, which was Sinister (2012).

Here I was, sitting on the mattress-made-couch in my friend’s living room. We sat around eating dumplings and hot-and-sour soup and joking about our high school experiences from the past, when my friend perked up and said “hey, I have Sinister on Bluray and I haven’t cracked it open yet, anyone want to watch?”

There was an excited “YES!” from everyone in the room, aside from myself, who sat indifferent. I’d heard of Sinister, don’t get me wrong. I knew that it existed. I just hadn’t gotten around to watching it and I had NO idea what it was about.

And so we watched.

The opening scene- a family being hung from a tree. Alright, disturbing. But way to try to reel me in with some cheap thrills, Sinister.

One hour in. I was begging them to turn it off. Was I bored? No. Was I unhappy with the storyline? No.  I was so terrified of the death scenes that I had my hands over my eyes to distract myself from the horror that was happening. There’s just something about watching a family get drowned to death in their own pool while strapped to their lounge chairs (and watching their feet twitch as they try to escape) that made me lose it. Maybe it was the music.

It freaks me out every single time. It’s horrible. I’ve always known music has a huge impact on how a film flows, but I never thought that it would disturb me this much. (This was when I started saying “Okay, do you guys want to do something else now?”)

But alas, I made it to the end of the film. My body felt like an overcooked noodle. Mentally, I was shot. Every sound around me made me jump out of my skin. It made me despise children.

So it did its job.

For those of you that have never seen Sinister, I rate it as one of the top 5 scariest horror films I’ve ever watched. The story is realistic, brutal, and it makes you hope that you don’t have any kids living in your house.
Mr. Boogie, or Buhguul, isn’t nearly as involved as I wish he was, though the sequel looks like it’s going to involve him much more (and it comes out in August, you guys! Yay!) but he’s still scary. I like that he’s not the center of attention- the weird looking antagonist doesn’t steal the show, but what Ellison (the main protagonist) is going through takes the main stage, and everything going on around him is like a well-orchestrated horror choreography of terrifying, gory, horribleness.

Story/Concept: 2
Direction/Style: 2
Scares: 2
Atmosphere: 2
Rewatchability: 2
That’s a crazy 10/10. I’m obsessed with this movie, actually. So much so, that I messaged MoodyVoodies (Shannon interviewed them, actually!) to make me a Buhguul doll to add to my ever-growing horror collection. If you’re looking for an epic horror film, this is it.

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