This Saturday we had another lovely Filmspanarna meet-up. This time we turned the tables and met-up at the pub first before marching off in the Swedish blizzard to watch the horror film Sinister that was released in Sweden this week.
Check out my thoughts after the jump!
Sinister is about a halfway has-been crime biographer played by Ethan Hawke. He and his family move into a house where the family he is writing about was ritually mass murdered of course sh*t goes crazy when Ethan finds a bunch of home-shot Super 8 reels in the attic…
Sinister is a great film in so many levels that if I were to compile a best of 2012 films it would be my front-runner for now. It might not say that much since I’m extremely disappointed in the films that has come out so far and then I’ve seen Avengers (best of the high profile ones), Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus, Skyfall, Looper and Cabin in the Woods to mention a few.
Back to Sinister, the cinematography is brilliant. I know its high-praise but it was inspiring to see since I’m developing a couple horror scripts, where one feels like an odd Swedish cousin to Sinister. What I found so refreshing with the cinematography is how it used backdrops extremely effective. I was on my toes throughout the film always scanning the frame for possible scares (a lot of the times through my cob-webbed fingers). It was also naturalistically lit without going to dark which just tend to be annoying and distracting.
I can understand people claiming that its just another generic “family moves into a house” horror film with a found footage element being tossed in there. However, it still elevates beyond most of these films with horse lengths. To be honest it brought up some Poltergeist memories.
I don’t want to go to much into details other than go and see it!!!!!!
I can’t believe it hasn’t gotten praised more. The guys on /filmcast plugged it rightfully in one of their what have you been watching segments but other than that I’ve hardly seen any reviews of it at all. If you have written about it let me know in the comments.
I’m of course extremely interested to hear what your thoughts are on it if you have seen it, I might go into more details (spoilers) in the comments if you chime in.
Finally, don’t forget to check out my Swedish colleagues take on it! I believe the bloggers writing in Swedish have translation widgets on their sites so there is no excuse for not visiting them.
The Velvet Cafe (in English)