‘Sinister’ not worth trip to theater

The production of “Sinister” should be a sin. This movie has more gory scenes than scary. The previews gave me the impression I was going to see a horror movie, not a slasher film.

Before viewing the movie I was terrified from the anticipation of what was to come.

Since Scott Derrickson, director of “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” directed this movie, I assumed it would be promising. Simply put, I was disappointed.

I’m no movie buff but enjoy a good horror film. This movie is not for the faint of heart only because of the shock value in some scenes. The horrendous murders made me feel very uneasy.

During the movie Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) is a true life crime writer trying to create his next big hit. He moves his son Trevor (Michael Hall D’Addario) and daughter Ashley (Clare Foley) into a home where a family was brutally murdered but fails to tell his wife Tracy (Juliet Rylance) this minor detail.

While looking around the new home Ellison finds a box filled with Super 8 home movies showcasing several brutal murders. Here is where the gore comes into the movie. The home videos are shown, and they are less than appealing. A family is burned in their car; one is run over by a lawn mower, along with other horrific murders.

Ellison spends many tiresome nights reviewing these movies and drinking heavily. After watching all the videos he believes all of the murders are somehow related, so he enlists the help of a police deputy (James Ransone) and Professor Jonas (Vincent D’Onofrio) to help him piece together the bits and pieces he has acquired.

There are many artifacts that contribute to the story such as a snake, a dog and a symbol. All of these, along with drawings of each murder and the home videos, point Ellison in what he believes to be the right direction.

As the story pans out, many scenes are added in with the creepy kids that were haunting Ellison. These kids were no were near as scary as they were portrayed to be in the trailers. Creepy, yes. Scary, no.

Ellison and the deputy manage to put all of details together, but by that time it’s too late. Ellison has already put his family in danger for his precious book that he decides to not finish after a series of unsettling events.

In my opinion, this movie is not even worth the $1 charge at RedBox. It is the farthest from a must-see a movie can be.