The film begins with an arresting image: a whole family hanged from a from a tree. The quiet death scene sets the tone for next 110 minutes; Sinister is a slow-burning supernatural thriller.
True crime writer Ellison has just moved to a new town where he will write about a local murdered family and a missing girl. His research takes an unexpected turn when he finds a box of home movies in his attic. The films depict a series of murders, and as Ellison digs deeper into each one, he uncovers a bizarre link between the crimes.
Sinister is authored by Austin native and Fantastic Fest alum Robert Cargill. Needless to say, the film was well received but Cargill's status as a local celebrity has, in my opinion, nothing to do with how well the movie played. Sinister is a good, creepy movie that will freak you out and make you jump.
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