The movie ‘Sinister’ debuted in the United States on October 12th, 2012. The movie had a 3 million dollar budget and a running time of 110 minutes. The story was written and directed by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. The film was produced by Jason Blum and the music was by Christopher Young. http://www.wikipedia.com/wiki/Sinister_(film)
‘Sinister’ opens with some Super 8 footage of a family of four hanging from a tree. This truly gives you an automatic eerie feeling down your spine because the killer actually films the crime for everyone to debut. This definitely gets the media’s attention as well as the attention of a crime novelist named Ellison Oswalt(Ethan Hawke).
Ellison and his family make a move to the small town due to his curiosity getting the better of him. They are unpacking the moving truck when the town sheriff(Fred Thompson) pays them a visit. His wife, Tracy(Juliet Rylance) tells Ellison to be nice to the sheriff. He smiles wickedly at her then. The sheriff makes it clear that he is not happy about Ellison and his family moving into his quiet little town. Ellison tries to shake the sheriff’s stare. The sheriff asks him if his family knows exactly where they are living. Ellison just looks at him. The sheriff replies “I didn’t think so”. The sheriff tells him that he does not approve of him attempting to write a story about this murder issue in his town. Ellison tries to tell him that maybe he can help uncover additional evidence so that they may recover the child that was missing. The sheriff just gives him a very sarcastic look and tells him that the child wasn’t missing. She was dead and he should allow her to rest in peace.
The sheriff leaves and his wife approaches. She asks him why the sheriff was pointing at the house. He tells her he doesn’t know. She knows that look though. She asks him if in fact they are living 3 houses down from another murder scene again. He tells her no. They both go into the house to have dinner.
The family speaks openly about their financial hardship. Ellison tells both of his children, Trevor(Michael Hall D’Addario) and Ashley(Clare Foley) that he is starting to write a new book. Trevor asks him if it was going to be a good book this time. Ellison just laughs at him and answers yes. This book is not going to be a total ‘book flop’. This new book is going to be better than ‘Kentucky Blood’. Ellison and Tracy begin to tell both their children that they still have to pay two mortgages and that the money was tight until the book was finished and out for sale. Tracy tells her husband to please keep the door locked this time. She does not want the children to be exposed to the murder and violence. Ellison smiles at her and basically tells her that they have an agreed order.
After dinner, Ellison makes a trip upstairs to investigate and put some things away. He sees a scorpion on the floor. He drops a large box on top of it and squashes it. He notices a large box in the middle of the room then. The box contains a large Super 8 projector and a couple of canisters of old film. This definitely intrigues the crime novelist. He begins to shift through the Super 8 films. They are labeled in chronological order with the name and year. The films are labeled Pool Party ’66, BBQ ’79, Lawn Work ’86, Sleepy Time ’98, and Family Hanging Out ’11. Ellison begins to debut the films then on the projector that has been provided. He watches the films for the first time but he is tired from the move. He goes back downstairs and begins to check on the kids before turning in. Clare is painting quietly in her room. He tells her how good of an artist she is. She thanks him. He then tells her to remember the only rule that he has given her. He asks her what is the rule? She tells him that she is only allowed to paint on her walls in her room. Again, history repeats itself. They have an agreed order, a mutual understanding. She finishes her painting and he tucks her in.
The next day the children are getting ready for school. Tracy asks them to please behave themselves at school. They promise that they will. She loads them into the car and tells him to have a good day while working on his new book. She leaves the premises and he walks to his office then. He can just feel that this book is going to be bigger than his previous ‘Kentucky Blood’ novel.
Again, he begins to watch the Super 8 films one by one. He is well rested this time. He watches ‘Pool Party ’66’ and notices that all four family members are duck taped to the pool lounge chairs. He notes that they were totally mummified and were unable to move. The killer then pulls each family member, one by one, into the water. He then begins to watch ‘BBQ ’79’ and he begins to notice that all four family members were duck taped and unable to move. The killer puts all four of them into the car in the garage and sets the car on fire. Ellison then begins to debut ‘Lawn Work ’86’ and at first he just notices that all four family members are duck taped, just like the other two prior families. He then begins to watch as the Super 8 film shows the family members lying in the yard and then, without warning, the lawn mower mows over the first family member’s head. This literally scares the willies right out of Ellison. He then puts in the film labeled ‘Sleepy Time ’98’. He begins to watch this film and notices a unique symbol. It was the same symbol that was in the other films. He was very interested then. The film show the killer going from room to room and slitting each family member’s throat. Once more the entire family was duck taped and bound, unable to move or speak. The looks on the family’s faces definitely let you know that they are in Lucifer’s lair. Prayers and whimpering were definitely falling on deaf ears in this household. Ellison shudders a little before he inserts the late film labeled ‘Family Hanging Out ’11. He wonders how the police could have missed this particular box. He watches the last film and notices once again that there were four family members hung from the tree. The daughter was still missing. Everyone thought she was dead but Ellison was not sure that she was dead. He thought that maybe she was still alive and just had been taken by the killer.
When he gets to his office, he begins to research the other four families. He notices right away that the other families had a missing child that was never found. He begins to form a plot but still wasn’t sure why the killer allowed one child to live. This would be a witness. At first, Ellison thinks that maybe the killer is in some sort of cult, especially with the unique symbols that he had noticed in all five Super 8 films. He was definitely interested now. He wanted to know if all of the families were connected somehow. He starts a yarn map on his wall in his office. http://www.youtube.com/sinisterfilm
His wife returns from town with some groceries. Then the children arrive home from school. His wife is angry again. He asks her what the problem is. She tells him that Trevor got into trouble on his first day of school. He asks why. Tracy tells him that Trevor drew a family hanging from a tree on the chalk board at his school. Ellison just looks at her and then Trevor. Trevor automatically gets defensive, stating that he was taking her side. Tracy tells him to go to his room. Ellison just stands there and looks completely helpless in the entire situation. His son’s ability to draw the crime without actually knowing about the murders interests him again. He apologizes to his wife then and tells her he needs her with him to write the book. Everything was fine until nightfall.
Ellison begins to watch the Super 8 films again. He sees a dark figure of some sort in the films. At first, he just thinks that he is tired again. That is until the film begins to burst into flames. This instantly gives him the same eerie feeling he had gotten before. He begins to research how to refurbish a Super 8 film on Google. He fixes the film but he can’t find the dark figure anymore. Just then, he thinks he hears something in the house. He looks around and he doesn’t see anything. He walks into the hallway and hears the sound again. He looks around and then he sees a box begin to move. All of a sudden, the box opens and out comes his son, Trevor. His back is completely bent. This scares Ellison immensely. His son has always had a history with night terrors. He thought he had grew out of them however.
The next morning, both parents begins to quiz Trevor about the night terror from the prior evening. He tells them he doesn’t even remember it. Tracy tells Ellison that he should have grown out of the night terrors by now. Ellison tells her that it probably was the stress from the move. Ellison begins to watch the Super 8 films again. He knows the answers to the crimes are in the videos somehow. This is the only link that he has established so far. As he watches the other films again, he again, notices the dark figure. This time the dark figure is in all four films and he notices that the unique symbol is in all five Super 8 films. He prints the dark figure out on his computer and then prints the symbol. Night fall approaches once again.
Ellison begins to check the house doors and windows before retiring to bed. Again, he thinks he hears something. This time the sound is coming from the attic. He pulls down the ladder and begins to go up to the attic. He looks around the room and he continues to hear the sound. All of a sudden, a coral snake tries to strike at him. He moves swiftly and then the snake disappears. He loses his footing and falls down the steps. An ambulance is called. The paramedic tells him that he probably needs stitches. Ellison thanks them but tells the paramedic that he can not afford to go to the hospital right now. They wrap his leg and leave. Deputy So and So(James Ransone) arrives as Ellison is walking back to his office. They both go into his office and Deputy So and So is intrigued. He has a degree in criminology. He tells Ellison that his office looks like an FBI office. How cool is that. He then notices Bughuul’s picture on the bulletin boards. Deputy So and So asks him if he thinks that he is the killer. Ellison tells him he doesn’t know. Ellison begins to quiz Deputy So and So about the crime scene. Deputy So and So tells him to call Professor Jonas at the university. He told Ellison that he specialized in unique and difficult cases, especially if he thought it was a cult killing. Ellison thanks him politely then. Deputy So and So tells him that he is not just a regular country hick. He tells him that he would like to help him but that the sheriff can not know though. Again, an agreed order is established.
Ellison takes Deputy So and So’s advice. He calls Professor Jonas at the university. Professor Jonas tells him that he will do some research and get back to him. Ellison thanks him and emails him the photos of the dark entity he has discovered in all five films and the symbols as well. Deputy So and So keeps his word and does some research for Ellison. He tells Ellison that all five families are linked together, even going back to ’66. He tells Ellison that all of the families have lived in the same houses on the year that the murders have taken place. He then tells him that all of the families have a child that has went missing after the murders and that they have never been found. Ellison begins to analyze the toxicology reports. This becomes a red flag. However, the best is yet to come.
Professor Jonas(Vincent D’Onofrio) calls him back by skype. He tells Ellison exactly what he has uncovered. Professor Jonas tells him that he has uncovered a very old and evil entity named Bughuul. He was known in ancient times as ‘the taker of the souls of children’. Professor Jonas tells Ellison that Bughuul has been known to live in the images themselves. That once you have seen this demonic entity, his image represented a portal from his world to yours. Everything starts to make sense once Professor Jonas shows Ellison the only image he was able to find. The prior days and the sinister things that happened all fall into place. Professor Jonas tells Ellison that he supposedly eats the children somehow. He lures them into his realm somehow. He taunts them, gains their trust somehow and then supposedly devours them.
This news from Professor Jonas scares Ellison. He knows that he has made a mistake moving into the house where the murders have taken place. He wakes his family and tells them that they are moving back home and that there will be no new book. The family is surprised but entirely happy. The sheriff stops Ellison and his family for speeding on their way out of town. Ellison tells him that he is moving back home and that he would not be writing a new book about the town. The sheriff smiles then. He tears up the traffic ticket and tells him to drive safely home.
Ellison and his family arrive home. Deputy So and So continues to call him with some more astounding news. Ellison ignores him. Professor Jonas begins to call him by skype again. He thinks about ignoring him but recants the thought. He listens to the Professor again. The news scares him again. He goes up to the attic then. He notices the Super 8 projector and the films again. He knew that he had destroyed the films before they left that little small town. How did they get there? What happens next? You will have to go and see for yourself. This movie critic has definitely gotten out her movie pom poms for this film.
Give me a “S” for Satanic,Spooky and Seductive
Give me an “I” for Inhumane
Give me a “N” for Needy and Nasty
Give me an “I” for Increments of Pure Evil
Give me a “S” for Scorpions and Snakes
Give me a “T” for Totally Tasteful
Give me an “E” Everlasting Evil Entity
Give me a “R” for Revealed
Boys and Girls, All Hallow’s Eve approaches this week
Go watch “Sinister”
Some may ask why you look so afright
So hold those kiddies very, very tight
Sleep with them and do not ever turn out the light
Because after you see this film
You will never let them out of your sight
I do not care how old they are
For the horror buffs out there, you will love this demonic ritual
The taker of children known as Bughuul
This movie gets 5 stars from this movie buff. Sinister is a great horror film but I would have liked just a little more gore, especially for All Hallow’s Eve. If you get time this weekend, go and see this film. You will love it if in fact you are a horror buff. Please leave the children at home with a very good sitter. It gets a definite two thumbs up!