Sinister Red Band Trailer

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Sinister Red Band Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | September 19, 2012 | Comments ()


A couple of months ago, Dustin put up the first trailer for Ethan Hawke's found footage film Sinister. He was, how do you say? Less-than-impressedie.

So the makers of the film did the only thing that they really could do. They waited for the indifference to die back down and recut their trailer for a mediocre horror film into a trailer for a mediocre horror film (with boobs). Really, they should patent that approach, no one has ever thought of that solution to a lousy movie no one wants to see. Although to be crudely fair, Michael Bay could really benefit from that strategy. Shit is one thing, but PG-13 shit? Come on Mikey, throw us a bone.

Wait, what now? How in the world was that red band? Most Disney movies are more disturbing than that. Did I blink at some point and miss the content that supposedly makes that too terrifying for fragile child minds? Were there nipples hiding in the sides of frames or something?

A cynical trick for horror movies is to watch the trailer with the sound muted. If nothing makes you cringe, jump, or otherwise react the way horror is supposed to grab you, then you're watching a trailer for a lousy movie, because it's relying on the sound blasts of jump scares for all of its effect.

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  • TheReinaG

    I'd imagine it's redband because one of the reviews said "Sinister is going to fuck up people," but that's pretty much the only reason why I could find.

  • valerie

    I am actually scared of the idea of photographs revealing presences or things we can't see in real life (see: Insideous for a fun example) so I'm going to remain cautiously optimistic about this, even though the trailer looks identical to the last two exorcism horror movies that came out.

  • Drake

    So, it's The Ring with 8mm instead of videotape?

  • celery

    Yes, I definitely watch most horror trailers muted because I'm a cynic. It's definitely not because although I love horror I'm also super wimpy. Nothing like that.

  • KatSings

    You know it's gonna be good when they try to get you to go by appealing to the need to yell "FIRST!"...

  • PDamian

    I've always likened horror movies to cheesy romance novels: unless you genuinely like and respect the genre, you're always going to find works in that genre to be slightly suspect and unworthy of your time. And just as with romance novels, horror movies are ubiquitous and mostly unremarkable, and as you consume them, you wonder if you'll ever read or see anything worth your time and energy. And then, wonder of wonders, an amazing, shivers-inducing work comes along, like Sweet Savage Love or The Exorcist, that reaffirms your love affair with the genre. And even the clunkers have their charms, for those that are willing to succumb to them.

    I have a sister who reads romance novels almost compulsively, and endures a litany of "OMG, you read that crap? It's just porn with crinolines!" And I watch horror movies every chance I get, and endure a constant chorus of "OMG, you watch that crap? It's just so teenagers can get cheap thrills!" I don't care. I'm with Stephen King:

    "I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud."

    As for Sinister, I'll see it. Judging from the trailer, I doubt it'll have anything new, but I'll see it. I'm not proud.

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  • TheDeadBurger

    For the record, early reviews for Sinister all seem to agree that it's terrifying. Doesn't reinvent the wheel, but is incredibly scary. Which sounds like a deal to me.

  • Snath

    *slow clap*

  • luckypete

    Just as lame as the first time. As a fan of good horror movies, I know the really good ones are always few and far between, but man, what a drought we've been going through lately.

  • Snath

    I'm so bored with horror lately. Maybe it's because I haven't seen Cabin In The Woods yet, or maybe it's because that out of all the genres currently churning out ridiculous garbage, the horror genre seems to be the most prolific. It feels like it out-produces bad comedies, bad romance films, and bad action films combined.

    For confirmation, just go to your local Redbox doohicky and look at all the titles. Fully 56% seem to be some variant of awful "horror" movie.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I don't think Cabin in the Woods is the greatest horror movie out there, but what's great about it is that it's got everything you'd expect in a horror movie (well, save for the fact that the actors give pretty decent performances) - but it's also totally different from any horror movie I've seen before. If nothing else, you'll appreciate the novel approach to a tired genre.

    Oh, I've mentioned this before, but if you haven't seen either Dead Snow or Black Sheep (the recent NZ film, not the Chris Farley one), then they're worth a look for hilarity's sake alone.

  • Kailan_Sunshine

    'Black Sheep' was hilarious! Totally worth a watch!

  • Snath

    I've decided I'll pretty much watch anything with Richard Jenkins in it.

  • mex

    psssst! Cabin In The Woods sucks.

    *runs away*

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