The movie has got the mood down, and uses it wisely to promote a chilling vibe of supernatural scare tactics and intriguing mystery, but something unfortunately gets lost in the mix. The balance of humor, while refreshing, feels jarring at times — as well as laughs that seem to arise from unintentionally humorous moments (as in, why can’t Ethan Hawke learn how to flick a light switch?).
For the easily scared, the movie will be a surefire hit. For those with thicker skin, “Sinister” is still very likely to entertain. All in all, it’s just another standard-issue horror film where the scares aren’t half as amusing as the woman shrieking from the front row and yelling expletives every time they happen.
With this being an actual reality during my viewing of the film, I wasn’t at all angry towards this woman’s audible reactions. If anything, I desperately wished to join her.
Sinister 2 1/2 out of 4 Stars