This book contains 100 reviews. These are some of the scariest horror movies in history. The reviews are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is determined by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, moods evoked, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review. These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!
Found footage redefined!
Sinister builds ambiance and tension rather than relying exclusively on jump scares; a true challenge considering not much happens in this film. This is Ethan Hawk’s show. For most of the running time, we watch him react to the sadistic content of a series of reels in a dark room. He is a best-selling crime author investigating the dark past of his own house and is about to realize he shouldn’t.
Following a genre tradition, the movie has a mascot of its own; a scary villain called Mr. Boogie. He is the face of evil and a truly terrifying one. Sinister redefines the term "found footage". Here, old footage is found and constantly shown on screen but Ethan Hawk’s camera respects traditional film language. The footage itself contains creepy chanting and imagery right out of a nightmare.
Sinister contains the kind of scares that throw shivers down your spine. From creepy kids to creepy drawings, it knows where our sweet spot is. This is a slow burn horror movie that sometimes buys time but never gets boring. When all is said and done, not much happens here outside Ethan Hawk’s head, after all. It isn’t a bad thing, per say, but it can be an irritant for some viewers.