Best Blu-ray Deals

Best Blu-ray Deals, See All the Deals »
Top deals | Price drops  
 All countries United States United Kingdom Canada Germany France Spain Italy Japan
Gravity 3D (Blu-ray)
RoboCop (Blu-ray)
Ender's Game (Blu-ray)
RoboCop (Blu-ray)
Gravity (Blu-ray)
Robots / Horton Hears a Who / Rio (Blu-ray)
High Plains Drifter (Blu-ray)
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Blu-ray)
Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection (Blu-ray)
Mallrats (Blu-ray)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Blu-ray)
The Man with No Name Trilogy 4K Remastered Edition (Blu-ray)
Mad Max Trilogy (Blu-ray)
Despicable Me 2 3D (Blu-ray)
Robin Hood (Blu-ray)
Pacific Rim 3D (Blu-ray)
Despicable Me 2 (Blu-ray)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D (Blu-ray)
Gounod: Faust (Blu-ray)


 Release calendar
 New releases
 Coming soon
 New covers
 Recently listed


 New reviews
 New user reviews

Top lists

 Best movies (all time)

Best movies by year



 Search movies


2012 | 110 min | R | 2.39:1



1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

User reviews

No user reviews yet, post one

Movie appeal

Psychological thriller10%



Theatrical release date

 12 October, 2012
 05 October, 2012

Country of origin

 United States

Box office




Overview Preview Cast & crew User reviews News Forum

Screenshots from Sinister Blu-ray

Sinister Preview  

 / 10
Preview by Brian Orndorf, October 11, 2012

“Sinister” joins a growing trend of horror movies offering characters who don’t react appropriately to unequivocal proof of their own future doom, a bewildering screenwriting concept recently explored in the last three “Paranormal Activity” pictures. Genre admirers generally don’t seem to mind this gap in storytelling logic, but for those who like a little more thought put into their fright films, “Sinister” is a patience-tester with some genuinely interesting, atmospheric elements to cushion its fall. However, passage to the solid stuff is blocked by brazenly cheap scares, a hazy monster mythos, unreasonably idiotic characters, and excessive length, making “Sinister” an absolute chore to enjoy in full.

Ellison (Ethan Hawke) is a struggling true crime author on the hunt for a hit book after a decade of humiliating misses. Moving his clan, including wife Tracy (Juliet Rylance), son Trevor (Michael Hall D’Addario), and daughter Ashley (Clare Foley), to rural Pennsylvania to research a brutal family murder, Ellison hopes to connect to the crime by living on the site where it occurred, setting up an office dedicated to the particulars of the nasty event. The local cops don’t want him around, and Tracy is concerned about Ellison’s manic need to write a best seller, yet the author continues with his research, fueled by alcohol and obsession. Discovering a box of 8mm home movies in the attic, Ellison screens the footage, discovering evidence of multiple families being murdered by a ghoul over the last 40 years. Unable to shake what he’s witnessed, Ellison delves further into the footage, studying the frames to a point where nightmare and reality have blended into one, learning more about the devious plans of Baghuul, a child-eating demon that haunts the thin strips of celluloid.

It might come across as nitpicking to discuss the nature of Ellison’s inexplicable denial, but it’s a point of “Sinister” that doesn’t rest comfortably. Here’s a man who’s witnessed footage of four families being murdered, and later in the film, he’s captured proof of a ghostly influence inside his own house. The spirits actually touch Ellison during a mad scene of attic panic, yet the man doesn’t flinch, he doesn’t worry, he doesn’t even question. Screenwriters C. Robert Cargill and Scott Derrickson (who also directs) make a minor play for self-preservation, motivating Ellison’s silence as protection of his literary investment, keeping outside police interest away to allow breathing room for his upcoming masterpiece. Of course, this scene comes before the ghost contact. After that, there’s no good reason for the character to be anywhere near the house or the great state of Pennsylvania. Heck, I’d demand a ride with Virgin Galactic if I had absolute proof that malevolent poltergeists were shacking up in my attic. But that’s me. Ellison treats the Baghuul ordeal as if it were garbage day, only dealing with the burden when he absolutely has to. To have the character actually confront his legitimately documented haunting would complicate Cargill and Derrickson’s master plan of suspense. Unfortunately, to appreciate “Sinister” requires ignoring much of what actually takes place during “Sinister.”

Baghuul is a hulking figure with a vaguely clownish face who creeps around the backgrounds of the home movies. We learn through Ellison’s iChat conversations with an occult professor (Vincent D’Onofrio) that Baghuul is ancient and everlasting, though his method of transport is a strange one, taking refuge in a heavily fetishized dead format that will come to baffle future generations. Once viewed, Baghuul is unleashed, though his reign of terror resembles one of those shock videos on YouTube intended to scare viewers with sudden shrieks and the pop of a demonic face. The scares of “Sinister” largely follow this formula, cheaply lunging at the viewer like a haunted house attraction, making the picture predictable with its jolts. It’s an unimaginative route to take, yet Derrickson commits in full, spacing out the spasms with extended scenes of Ellison roaming around his house chasing phantom noises, playing into genre requirements by dragging out the tense silences as far as they can possibly go. Perhaps too far at times. “Sinister” needed more time understanding Baghuul and rampage, and less time studying Ellison’s repetitive laps around his property.

“Sinister” is aided considerably by Ethan Hawke’s enthusiastic performance, which does wonders to sell the madness swirling inside the character the screenplay doesn’t bother to articulate. He’s terrific expressing anxiety, and the material offers plenty of pulse-pounding moments of discovery, along with a rich feel for Ellison’s narcissism and professional despair, feelings that could effectively carry their own movie away from the Baghuul influence. Scoring by Christopher Young is equally impressive, providing a thrilling rumble that’s often more effective at generating unease than any of the visual elements.

“Sinister” will be celebrated by those who share a deeply forgiving appreciation for the genre, and there are a few moments that are genuinely inspired. Overall, there’s not much here that overwhelms and torments, with so much time devoted to mastering cheap surprises that a larger feel for discomfort is missing.

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, James Ransone, Fred Dalton Thompson, Michael Hall D'Addario
Director: Scott Derrickson

» See full cast & crew

Sinister, Forum Discussions

Last post
Sinister (Spoilers) 73 Jan 04, 2013
Sinister 2 4 13 hours ago

Have you seen this movie?

Rate and write your own review


Get Daily Blu-ray Deals

* We do not share your email and you may opt out at any time.

Top Blu-ray Deals


The best Blu-ray deals online. Don't miss out on these great deals.

See Today's Deals »

 Top movies

Latest Deals United States

The latest deals on Blu-ray movies
at Amazon.

Show new deals »

Trending Blu-ray Movies
1. Mallrats
2. RoboCop
3. Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: V...
4. Frozen
5. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
6. Gravity 3D
7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
8. Gravity
9. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
10. Ride Along
11. Ender's Game
12. Touch of Evil
13. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
14. The Jungle Book
15. Scanners

Trending in Theaters
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2. The Raid 2
3. Oculus
4. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
5. RoboCop
6. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
7. Noah
8. Frozen
9. Transcendence
10. The Grand Budapest Hotel
11. The LEGO Movie
12. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
13. Under the Skin
14. Thor: The Dark World
15. Rio 2

Top 10 Sellers United States
1.  Frozen
2.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
3.  Gravity
4.  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
5.  The Pirate Fairy
6.  RoboCop
7.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
8.  Gravity 3D
9.  Ender's Game
10.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D
  » See more top sellers

Top 10 Pre-orders United States
1.  The Lego Movie
2.  Lone Survivor
3.  RoboCop
4.  The Monuments Men
5.  Noah
6.  The Lego Movie
7.  Pompeii 3D
8.  Space Battleship Yamato: Movie
9.  The Walking Dead: The Complete Four...
10.  Sorcerer
  » See more pre-orders

Top 10 Bargains United States
1.  Frozen
$19.96, Save 56%
2.  Gravity
$12.99, Save 64%
3.  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
$12.99, Save 68%
4.  The Pirate Fairy
$19.96, Save 46%
5.  RoboCop
$5.00, Save 75%
6.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
$17.99, Save 55%
7.  Gravity 3D
$19.99, Save 56%
8.  Ender's Game
$13.00, Save 67%
9.  Game of Thrones: The Complete Third...
$39.96, Save 50%
10.  Despicable Me 2
$14.99, Save 50%
  » See more deals

Most Popular Blu-ray Movie Deals

Gravity 3D

 United States

$44.95 $19.99


 United States

$19.99 $5.00

Ender's Game

 United States

$39.99 $13.00

Best Blu-ray Movie Deals »

This web site is not affiliated with the Blu-ray Disc Association.
All trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners.
© 2002-2014 All rights reserved.
Registration problems | Business/Advertising Inquiries | Privacy Policy | Legal Notices