**Don't worry. This review will be largely spoiler-free!**
Plot: Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) is a crime writer who may or may not have pissed off law enforcement through his writing in the past. He moves his family into a home where several unsolved murders recently took place in order to look into them for his next big book. He finds a box of old, projector-style films in the attic that law enforcement somehow overlooked. When he starts watching them, he realizes they are eerie snuff films cataloging not only the murders he's investigating, but others that have never been linked. His investigation leads him to the occult, the unseen world, and other hellish places he could never have imagined.
Acting: I'm not always Ethan Hawke's biggest fan, but I think he did a good job here. He managed to portray the restless workaholic, who genuinely thinks his workaholic-ness is what's best for his family. He was very believable.
World Building: The world-building here took place almost entirely within the house. It was a world of creaks and thuds in the night, things moving in the shadows, and a world in which the unseen world merges with reality. I thought it was very well done.
Ending: I thought the ending fit the story really well. It wasn't disappointing. Don't get me wrong: it sucked. But it sucked in a sucks-to-be-a-victim-in-a-horror-film sort of way. The creep factor was definitely present in the ending, and the thing that creeped me out most was the final drawing. There are timeline-type drawings on the lid of a box to tell what's happened to various victims. When the final one shows up, I shuddered. Violently.
All in all, I enjoyed this film, though I wouldn't want to watch it alone, in the dark, or right before bed. It had an R-rating and, not that it was undeserved, but it truly wasn't over-the-top. Probably don't show this one to your kids, but it wasn't at all gratuitous in the content.
So, if you're looking for a great, creepy, but not over the top content-wise Halloween film, I'd definitely recommend Sinister! Bring on the creep fest!
Has anyone else seen Sinister? How did you like it?