There is something fascinating about a good horror movie that you’re just compelled to watch it, even if you have your eyes closed for the most part of it.
This month the sequel to the 2012 horror movie, Sinister, is due for release. Sinister 2 will be released worldwide on August 21. So I thought it would be apt to review the first part here so you can have an idea of what to expect.
I’m a fan of the horror genre. Not the sort of horror that involves too much gory with heads and arms being cut off, but the ones that really strike terror and dread.
Sinister falls somewhere in between. The movie has its long dreaded pauses and terrifying moments but it also has its fair share of torture and bloodshed.
Now, I wouldn’t want to spoil the fun and tell you the whole plot here so I’ll just provide a brief outline for those who haven’t had the chance to watch it yet. The story revolves around the murder of a family in a county in America. All the members of the family were found hung from a tree in the backyard of their home. All except the youngest daughter who is missing,
An investigative journalist/writer decides to write a book on the gruesome murders and shifts his family – wife, daughter and son – to the house in which the murders had taken place. Only thing is he doesn’t tell them about it. From there starts our story and unusual events begin to unravel the mystery behind the murders.
The movie has all the usual aspects that one can expect from any horror movie. The story has its fair share of horror cliches, but like someone once said… they are called cliches because they work again and again. What works for this movie, in my opinion, are the sudden, in your face, scare tactics. You know the sorts like a man walking around in a dark house, ghostly figures appearing from behind, suddenly something pops right in front of the camera and you crap your pants. Stuff like that.
Despite some cliched horror scenes, Sinister has used the scare tactics quite sparingly, building the terror up slowly. It creates enough fear to make you jolt up a little more than a couple of times throughout the movie. One of my favorite scenes to watch for in this movie is the boy emerging from inside a cardboard box. That one gave me the creeps.
You can tell the people behind Insidious have their hands in this movie. The visuals, the style of storytelling, and even the monster behind it all clearly hints it. The trailer of Sinister 2 clearly shows Insidious style scare techniques, including the use of a creepy oldie song playing on a gramophone in the background of the movie. In Insidious, the song was “Tiptoe through the tulips“. In Sinister 2, the song giving you goosebumps is “Here comes the boogeyman“.
If you’ve liked Insidious, you’ll love this one too. I hope it makes your hair stand on ends, in a good way of course.
Here’s the official trailer for Sinister 2