Sinister (2012) - Wish I could say that I loved it, but alas, I was disappointed.
Some creepy moments and jump scares sprinkled throughout, but the Film leads you down a path of cheese. I didn't buy into it, most likely because I didn't care much for the central character. Self possessed writers who put their family in jeopardy for the sake of possible book sales need to be more interesting or likable in a Stephen King sort of way. Or maybe they just don't need to be Ethan Hawke. I haven't found him all that interesting to watch in years.
While watching Sinister, I was reminded of a similar film, Stir Of Echoes. Except I ended up liking that one a lot more, and I enjoyed it's flawed central character played by Kevin Bacon. He was a fuck-up, but you liked the guy. I suppose you don't have to absolutely like your main character to enjoy a Movie, but I think it helps when a Movie goes off it's rails and asks you to buy into some potentially silly things.
Ethan Hawke wears glasses, a cozy sweater and a college t-shirt. He's a writer, get it?
Maybe the more you see of the horrors (there are a bounty of scenes where Ethan Hawke dives into the mystery via 8mm snuff Film footage on a projector, computer, printouts, etc.) the less potent it becomes. Sinister, I suspect, is also a Movie about voyeurism into evil. But it's a theme explored in other Films with a bit more sophistication.
Not a bad Film, but it did have it's shortcomings. Speaking of which, this rather long Movie also needed to be about a good 20-30 minutes shorter. Sinister, when not trying to scare you, is also about a marriage on the rocks. Creepy dead children who may or may not be haunting you are a good reason to get on the phone with your divorce lawyer and just end it already.