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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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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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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)

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


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

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Did You Know?


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


(at around 14 mins) When Ellison first watches the film of the family playing in the back yard, some of the clips are missing the wooden steps nailed to the opposite side of the tree. 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 2 (2014) See more »


Fragment #3
Written by Nicholas Triarchos
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Sinister. A Excellent Horror Film.
14 October 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Sinister is very well made horror film. It is the only scary horror film I've seen for a very long time. It's never too cliché as most horror movies are. It never cheats you. The performances are believable and the story is intriguing and always moving. The director has control over his audience, and the audience is completely okay with that. I knew early into the film what kind of horror film it was and I how it would scare me. And that what was one of things it had going for it. You can anticipate the scares and that makes it much more frightening. Do not confuse anticipation with predictability. The movie wasn't too gruesome, which left more room for actual fear. All in all, it is a very good film, So good, it's almost... Sinister...

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