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Scott Derrickson

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About the Movie

True crime novelist Ellison Oswald (Ethan Hawke) is so desperate to repeat the success of his first book that he moves his family into a home that served as the setting of a brutal murder. But instead of inspiration, Ellison finds a box of mysterious home movies in the attic that seem to point to unspeakable terrors – ones that could threaten his entire family.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 137
  • Fresh: 87
  • Rotten: 50
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The movie is full of feints, shocks and scenes of particularly perverse violence, but nothing about it is fresh enough to haunt you in the night. It's predictable. – Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine, Oct 11, 2012

Fresh: As the best horror stories so often do, "Sinister" makes clear that we are our own boogeymen, the worst monsters of all. – Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, Oct 11, 2012

Fresh: In true horror movie tradition, characters do things that are head-scratchingly dumb. Once you accept those logic-defying moments, the movie works with diabolical effectiveness. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Oct 11, 2012

Fresh: [Director Scott Derrickson finds] new ways to frame the same rooms from one scene to the next and providing comic relief whenever the action threatens to turn monotonously grim. – Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Oct 11, 2012

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Customer Reviews


An excellent horror movie from the past 10 years. If you haven't watch it, do not stay alone, it was scary that when we went to the cinema, a group of 9 people get out of the theatre :) Honestly, watch it.

A great, good old-fashioned horror movie

Sinister was definitely better than I thought it was going to be. I was actually scared and its been awhile since a really good scary movie came out. I was thoroughly impressed with this movie. The only thing I had a problem with, was the ending. It was abrupt and confusing. It makes you wonder if theres going to be a second one. I certainly hope there will be. Altogether Sinister was a great horror movie that any horror fan will enjoy. Definitely worth the movie.


The movie is pretty good, ilove horror movies and this one is definetly worth the classification.