I had a love hate relationship with the original sinister. Liked the concept but I didn't like how often you see the threat and how many god damn jump scares there are. This edit changes the film to be less jumpy (There are still some jump scares) and more suspenseful. I enjoyed how underplayed the ghoul was. I'm gonna leave my review at this, just watch it.
I saw the original Sinister couple of times and overall it's a pretty scary movie. But this edit made it so much better. When the original tried to imply that there is an actual supernatural dude playing around, in this version you left to interpret things the way you want. The threat became very ambiguous, and that's the kind of subtlety i wish more horrors had. Great work!
I picked up "Sinister" a month ago and, before watching it, stumbled across some reviews of your edit. With the reviews all pointing to your edit as the much better version, I decided to watch your take on the material.
What I found was a horror masterpiece. I don't remember seeing a horror film as oppressive as this one in years and your edit did it without playing cheap tricks. Despite the shortened runtime, it felt like everything had a measured and logical pace. The success of this edit makes me think there must have been significant padding with the theatrical. The image and sound were also flawless and helped establish the foreboding mood.
I'm looking forward to also watching your "The Vanishing" edit. I also hope you do some other horror films in the future, as this was fantastic.
Not much to say about this. The editing was flawless, I didn't notice a single cut that was made, even after reading the cutlist. This cut clears some of the modern horror cliches out of the film and makes for a less predictable and more ambiguous ending.
If you liked the original, check this out. If you didn't like the original for it's 'cliched' aspects, maybe give this edit a shot.