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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
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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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Horror | Mystery

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

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Release Date:

12 October 2012 (USA)  »

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$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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The name 'Bughuul' translates back to 'Boogeyman'. See more »


Pennsylvania's county sheriffs departments do not conduct routine patrols. Their main focus are courts and prisons. The Pennsylvania State Police conducts patrols in municipalities that do not own their own departments. See more »


[first lines]
Tracy: Just one box?
Ellison Oswalt: It's for my office. It's fragile.
Tracy: Sissy.
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Spoofed in A Haunted House (2013) See more »


Call from the Grave
Music by Andrea Nébel
Performed by Aghast
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Sinister- See It In Cinema
13 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

DON'T WATCH THE TRAILER! or at least try not too. I went into this film only knowing the title and the fact i was waiting for a scary movie to actually be... yep scary. Well i was in luck, as Sinister is exactly that...quite Sinister! I say try to avoid the trailers if u can because quite a lot is shown, although having said that you will probably be so absorbed into the film that you'll forget about what you have seen and still be spooked, BOO! :)

All the actors do a good job, Ethan Hawke is solid, not quite sure about the chemistry between him and his wife but i guess its hardly relevant in this film. The directing and editing of the film is slick with interesting angles and shots. The imagery is great and so are your jumpy moments even if it does contain a few of the horror Clichés.

The plot is simple and follows true-crime writer Ellison (Ethan Hawke) as he discovers a box of home movies "found footage" of murders that put his family in danger. Some people may dislike the believability of the films central ethos for the evil protagonist; however i liked the original mythology created here, it adds something new to the table. Also If the film is successful (im guessing it might be) the Evil Character aka Bagoul will no doubt be a new item for Halloween stores! Although not a game changer in the genre, i would easily go and say this will be the scariest film of the year and if not, well thats just win-win for us all!! ((star ratings = 7 good, 8 represents very good. 9 superb 10 epic)

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