Sinister is seriously scary

Sinister, written by Nicholas Triarchos, is a psycho-thriller that requires people to think. It debuted in theaters October 12, 2012.
Sinister, written by Nicholas Triarchos, is a psycho-thriller that requires people to think. It debuted in theaters October 12, 2012.

I am one of the last people to voluntarily see a scary movie; if I’m going to lose sleep over it, it better be worth it.

Sinister has all the elements of a classic scary movie: loud sounds, creepy-looking little girls, blood, gore, ghosts and terrifying special effects. However, Sinister was more of a mystery than a pure blood and gore film.

The film focuses on Ellison Oswalt, played by Ethan Hawke, who moves into a new home to investigate a cold case murder with his wife and two kids. While moving in, Oswalt goes into the attic and finds a box full of films with a camera. He assumes the tapes belonged to the previous homeowners and hopes they will help him solve the mystery of the murders.

They do much more than that.

Once Ellison starts watching the films, things start to change. He hears noises in the house at night, and goes up to the attic to investigate. There he finds missing children, whether they are ghosts or demons or actually children, we don’t know, accompanied by a terrifying-looking demon. The rest of the film deals with Ellison’s encounters with the demon as he struggles to solve the mystery.

Instead of having a random person kill a lot of people without any reason why, Sinister creates a well-developed explanation of why the murders are happening. There is some blood and gore, but it doesn’t dominate the film because it doesn’t have to. The weakest films overwhelm their viewers with disturbing images. Sinister has disturbing scenes, but what makes it more scary is the psychological aspect of it, not the visual.

The special effects in Sinister are phenomenal. Everything looks so real, even when it clearly is not. Almost all of the actors were believable, except the young deputy, played by James Ransone. Supposed to be an innocent, naive deputy, Ransone’s portrayal made him seem suspicious. His poor acting distracted me from paying attention to what was going on because the entire time I was trying to figure out what he was really up to.

Sinister, proves that all scary movies aren’t garbage. For once, a scary movie requires its viewers to think.


  1. After a long hiatus, Accurst is now back on track to complete the trilogy of concept albums that started back in 2003.

    Having been featured in Sinister’s soundtrack last year, Accurst has now launched a crowd-funding campaign for an upcoming 3rd album entitled Messenger of Shadows.

    Accurst needs to raise a budget for equipment and software needed for the recording of Messenger of Shadows

    The campaign is hosted at

    Help Accurst complete the trilogy by contributing or spreading the word.

    About Accurst:
    Accurst begun in late 1999 as a concept project, and in 2003 the debut, Fragments of a Nightmare, was released on Colflesh Records and distributed through Red Stream. In 2006, a follow-up album entitled A Phantom’s Noctuary was released on the now defunct Serpene Heli Music.

    In 2012, 3 tracks from Accurst’s debut album, Fragments of a Nightmare, were featured in 2012’s film, Sinister. They can be heard in the film’s perhaps most chilling moments.

    Now Accurst is trying to raise the budget to record a third album entitled Messenger of Shadows.

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