With the creepiest opening scene I've seen in a long time
Sinister set the bar pretty high, but somehow still managed to (mostly) deliver.
I am a big fan of psychological/supernatural/creepy horror movies,
but generally I stay away from slashers, torture and gore.
Sinister had a lot of the former, and just enough of the latter,
to keep things interesting.
TRAILER SPOILER ALERT
In my opinion they always give away too much in trailers nowadays.
I usually turn the trailer off somewhere half way.
Synopsis: A true crime writer relocates his family to a house
where a family was murdered not too long ago.
The murders are still unsolved and the youngest girl is missing.
The writer finds a box of really creepy home movies in the attic,
decides to investigate, and bad things start to happen.
This setup is really nothing new, and I doubt that anyone less famous
than Ethan Hawke could pull off walking around a house at night
listening for strange sounds (several times) without boring the audience,
but he was able to keep up our suspense.
In fact, I only had two minor problems with this movie;
1. Less frame time is more scare time.
The longer a camera lingers on someone's special effects make-up,
the less scary it becomes, and the more it starts looking like just make-up.
2. Overuse of so so child acting.
This doesn't become apparent until later in the movie, but I would have been
happier had they let some scenes fall to the cutting room floor.
That being said, this is probably the best horror movie I've seen this year
and I would recommend it to anyone who want's to get their creeps on!