“Sinister” both frightens and crosses the line

By André Charitat, Chattanooga, TN—With Halloween quickly approaching, we are all looking for a little scare, and “Sinister” offers that and then some.

The movie centers around a desperate writer who is working on his new book, and it promises to be a hit. The only thing is that he may have bitten off a little bit more than he could chew.

As the movie progresses things start to get creepier and the supernatural kicks in. I was enjoying the movie until it took a sick turn.

I am a huge fan of scary movies and horror, but I like to draw the line somewhere, and that involves showing videos of families (children and all) getting brutally slain. For me after that I really just couldn’t enjoy the movie. And I was not the only one.

The woman next to me actually left the theater after that scene shaking her head. I just wish that the writers and director of the movie could have toned down the child killing and the story would not have lost anything.

I understand their attempt at going for the shock factor, but it took it a little too far. I will admit that the movie did scare the living daylights out of me at times though.  There were plenty of pop out of the dark scares and I found myself squirming in my seat.

To my surprise, I found that the ending was really fulfilling and made the movie.  Everyone knows that the one downfall of most scary movies is the cheap ending that takes the easy way out.

As the movie drew to a close I was just waiting for the stupid ending that would make me shake my head but BAM! I had some chills as it all played out on the screen.

I just wish the movie had erred on the side of caution and not turned the viewers off so much with their albeit surprising use of the shock factor.

Unfortunately, at the end of the day, the movie proved to be shallow and it offered a few cheap scares.  If you are bored on a weekday night, this is a good movie to see, but don’t go in expecting a lot.

At the end of the movie I found myself wishing I had gone to see “Pitch Perfect.”

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