October 12, 2012

directed by Scott Derrickson, 2012

A box of Super 8 home videos are the object of obsession in Sinister, a slightly different, but often familiar found footage horror film by director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose). While Derrickson’s film is generally agreeable for most of its run-time, it becomes bogged down by the routine genre tropes one might expect when dealing with a story concerning ghosts and haunted houses. While the depiction of man’s voyeuristic tendencies is appealing for a while, most of what we encounter is a charade of smoke and mirrors that can only cover up this narrative’s flaws for so long.

Full review at Sound on Sight


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