Sinister: 2012's Most Frightening Film

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November 2nd, 2012

Sinister: 2012's Most Frightening Film

-- As the Halloween seasons come and go, theaters are always packed with typical horror films. From slasher movies to psychological thrillers, horror is a diverse genre that has many elements of fear used within it. Whether being disgusted by gory scenes or losing sleep over terrifying killers, audiences love a good thrill at the movies.

With plenty of films in theaters waiting to pounce and scare, 2012 has been a successful year for fear. "Paranormal Activity 4" has been highly praised for its frightful suspense while "The Possession" left audiences freaked out with its ghoulish effects. While both of these films are major contenders for top scare of recent months, "Sinister" is being hailed as quite possibly the scariest movie of the year.

Directed by Scott Derrickson, "Sinister" is truly a scare worthy experiencing. With blood, gore, and heart-stopping surprises plentiful, the film is perfect for terrifying viewers with the usual frights. Audiences will be left gasping from freakish figures, monstrous murder scenes, and unexpected twists and turns.

Released on October 12, "Sinister" arrived just in time to show other movies what suspense and fear truly are before Halloween. Following the trend of recent movies in the genre, the film includes demonic activity and the utter horror of menacing children. However, "Sinister" takes these elements and successfully mixes them with suspense and thrills that leave audiences stunned.

From the director who created the scream fest that was "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," "Sinister" is guaranteed to catch viewers off guard with chaotic scenes and haunting images. Opening with a family of four being hung by an unknown being, the film kicks off on a horrific note that is unforgettable and haunts the viewers as the story progresses. The film delves into the twisted tales of a series of families murdered in horrific ways by an unknown assailant and an author investigating the most recent case for his next project.

Centered on true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) and his family, the movie introduces them as the potential next victims in the horrific chain of murders. Ellison relocates to the home previously owned by the family strangled just months earlier. Planning to base his new book off of the murders, Ellison settles in with his wife, Tracy (Juliette Rylance), son, Trevor (Michael Hall D'Addario), and daughter, Ashley (Clare Foley). He is intrigued by the mystery of the case, as well as the rumor that a child went missing after the killings.

As the family settles in, all is relatively normal until Ellison discovers a strange box in the attic containing reels of Super 8 film and a projector. Seemingly innocent home movies, Ellison begins to watch the films, only to realize in horror that they depict families being gruesomely murdered. As he watches tape after tape, Ellison is both horrified and curious. While watching the drowning of a family in 1966, Ellison suddenly sees a demonic figure in the pool, terrifying him to new heights. It is later revealed that upon seeing this figure, the possession starts and the ball begins to roll towards murder.

Terrified as he begins to see more symbols, signs, and sights of the demon in the films, Ellison contacts a deputy (James Ransone) for information about site of the killings, who then refers him to Jonas (Vincent D'Onofrio), an expert in demonic phenomena. With the help of Jonas, Ellison learns that the demon is a Pagan deity called Bughuul who eats the souls of children after killing their families.

Audiences are glued to the story as they learn more about the murders, the mysterious being behind them, and what may lie ahead for Ellison and his family. As the story unfolds, suspense builds as the dangers ahead for the characters are slowly realized. Knowing the fate of characters introduces viewers to the dilemma of to look or not to look. They know something horrific could explode at any moment, but the unmistakable draw of wanting to know more keeps them watching. This mysterious draw of "Sinister" leads to sudden shocks that leave audiences reeling.

"Sinister" brilliantly capitalizes on everyone's worst fear - the loss of their family. This psychological component is a major selling point of the film, though innocently lurking in the shadows of the demonic element. Exploiting this fear and making viewers truly feel for the characters, "Sinister" plays a sick joke on viewers and will leave them shuddering as the screen falls dark one final time.

For just under two hours of screams and the potential for nightmares, watch "Sinister" to experience the film that has been keeping people talking.