Sinister Sunday, 29 March 2020

Sinister

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong horror themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    A writer submits a new chapter.

  • Starring:

    Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Clare Foley, Michael Hall D'Addario, James Ransone, Fred Dalton Thompson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Nicholas King

  • Directed by:

    Scott Derrickson

  • Running time:

    110 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are seen bound, gagged, hooded, hanged, burned alive (implied), drowned, hacked (implied), stabbed, mutilated (implied). An animal is squished. Video footage of murders in process, photos of corpses seen. Details of murders, child abduction, child-eating discussed. A man crashes through a ceiling. Objects, pictures move on their own. Ghostly apparitions. Screaming, arguing. Blood/gore: Corpses, murders. Throats seen slit; blood and slicing wound. Decayed flesh, foaming at mouth. Extensive blood splatter and blood drawings on walls. Bloody hands, blood on clothing and objects. Bandage.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing. Swimwear, nightwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, spirits). Smoking. People are drugged with an unknown immobiliser.

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-words, name-calling. Genre stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Serial killing, dead and missing children, family murders, voyeurism, the supernatural, the occult, symbols, demons, ghosts, night terrors, sleepwalking, writing, egomania, moving house, community, research, found footage, snuff films, fate.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Scorpion, coral snake, dogs. Full moon. Bright light flashes, strobe lighting.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Unsettling, has genuine scares. Super 8 footage format lends effective visuals.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Formulaic, uninventive, predictable, creepy but not scary, overlong. Characters do the usual dumb things. Supporting cast barely registers. Terrible makeup.

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