What do you get when you cross a brutal family murder with a supernatural entity? If it’s a movie, thought-provoking entertainment. And that’s IF. Supernatural entities are well known dispatchers of the living, so we can only hope Sinister, a new horror thriller involving a killer ghost-y thing, is fictional.
Sinister’s plot seems to be cut ’n pasted from today’s headlines: “A true crime novelist who is struggling to find his next big story. He discovers a box of home videos showing other families being brutally murdered, but his investigation soon leads him to a supernatural entity that may be placing his own family in harm’s way.”
It’s like watching the evening news.
Sinister, which comes out on October 5, 2012, was done by director Scott Derrickson, the same film dude who did the 2008 The Day The Earth Stood Still remake and The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005). I kinda liked that movie. And I thought Jennifer Carpenter, the hottie who played the possessed chick, was feel up-worthy until I saw her bend her torso into a demonic pretzel. Evil or not, pretzels are not good for you. They’re just flour and salt. Sure, low on calories, but a sodium-rich diet will give you heart rot. I heard that on the evening news.
On a lighter note, Ryan Turek over at the generally awesome Shocktilyoudrop.com, had this to say after an early screening: “I love the way [Sinister] shredded, not just my expectations, but nerves.” Either Ryan hasn’t seen a whole lot of horror movies, or he’s kind of a wuss. Horror movies haven’t shredded nerves since The Exorcist (1973).
You want real nerve-shredding entertainment, watch the evening news. Their ongoing investigative reports on pretzels will make you go numb.