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Sinister (I) (2012)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  12 October 2012 (USA)
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Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s.


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Pool Party Boy
Lawn Girl
Sleepy Time Boy
Bughuul / Mr. Boogie (as Nick King)


True-crime writer Ellison Oswalt moves himself and his family into a house where a horrific crime took place earlier, but his family doesn't know. He begins researching the crime so that he can write a new book about it to help his flailing career. He uses some "snuff" film footage he finds in the house to help him in his research, but he soon finds more than he bargained for. There is a figure in each of the films but who or what is it? As a result, his family start to suffer (as does he) and things take a turn for the worse. Will they survive? Written by Michael Hallows Eve

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Tonight, you've never seen anything this Sinister... See more »


Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent images and some terror | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 October 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Found Footage  »

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Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,007,634 (USA) (12 October 2012)


$48,056,940 (USA) (28 December 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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In the scenes where a scorpion and snake are shown in the attic, these are two of Buguul's forms, as depicted in the ancient drawings given to Ellison by Professor Jonas in the movie. See more »


Items, products and family belongings seen in the super 8 home movies often weren't available in the decades that the home movies are set in. Most notably is the kitchen refrigerator seen in the 1998 'Sleepytime' home movie reel - the model of fridge shown in the home movie wasn't available commercially until 2009-2010. See more »


[first lines]
Tracy: Just one box?
Ellison Oswalt: It's for my office. It's fragile.
Tracy: Sissy.
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Portrait Of Mr. Boogie
Written by Daniel Wehr and Jason Acuna and 'Christopher Young'
Performed by Daniel Wehr and 'Jason Acuna'
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Now here's a horror movie
12 October 2012 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

This one scared the hell out of me. With the eerie music to accompany the film it sure made the movie creepy as hell. The opening sequence felt so real that it got me hooked to know just what the hell is going on.

I was watching it alone on Friday night after work and sure enough there were about less than 10 people in the theater (all of whom were couples). I could bet with my bottom dollar that with this movie they'd be so engaged in the film that they wouldn't dare to think about making out.


The film was directed by Scott Derrickson, the same guy who made THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE; and he collaborated with the composer, Christopher Young, on that very film. I am quite familiar with Young's music score from his composition for A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2 and it was creepy; also he did the score for Sigourney Weaver's serial killer film, COPYCAT.

I'm telling you if those two managed to bring out the spine-chilling factor in EMILY ROSE, in SINISTER they really sealed the deal in being the potent filmmakers in the exploration into the paranormal and supernatural. It gave me goosebumps just thinking about it.

One thing that I feel about SINISTER was that Derrickson (together with Young) brought us back to that atmospheric terror of the unknown that is truly nostalgic of horror films of the 70s.

The feel of the movie was so scary that this was how THE AMITYVILLE HORROR should have been remade.

In short, I'd highly recommend you (or better still DARE YOU) to see SINISTER. This is one good date movie if you want your date to crawl under your shirt; or just bring some best buddies to scare the crap out of you. I mean it may not be INSIDIOUS, nevertheless, if you love that then you'll love this.

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