Release Date: 2012The last picture Derrickson directed was The Day The Earth Stood Still in 2008, which was awful. However, prior to that picture, he directed The Exorcism of Emily Rose which was quite the unconventional exorcism flick but worked well. Sinister had all the right elements working for it: the atmosphere, the story, the acting, the town. A well done thriller/horror picture from beginning to end.
The story: true crime writer, Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) moves his family to yet another town to fully investigate the story behind a little girl's disappearance. In the attic, he discovers super 8 movies that depict the deaths of families by the same person. The end result is unexpected which makes this movie even that much better.
The spook factor wasn't your run of the mill PG-13 loud noises disguised to make the audience jump in their seat. No, the film's cinematography worked well to pull the audience completely in the picture, legitimately frighten and disturb and resulting in a satisfied thrilled state.
Overall, Derrickson's screenplay wasn't necessarily a novel story but he provided an innovative take on a horror picture. All the elements worked and I had a blast being scared during this picture! If you are a horror fan, you will too! Go out and check it out!