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Sinister -- Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.
Sinister -- Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.
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Writers (WGA):
Scott Derrickson (written by) &
C. Robert Cargill (written by)
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Release Date:
12 October 2012 (USA) See more »
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Once you see him, nothing can save you. See more »
Plot:
A true-crime writer finds a cache of 8mm home movies films that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose career dates back to the 1960s. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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5 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Ethan Hawke ... Ellison Oswalt

Juliet Rylance ... Tracy

Fred Dalton Thompson ... Sheriff

James Ransone ... Deputy

Michael Hall D'Addario ... Trevor

Clare Foley ... Ashley
Rob Riley ... E.M.T.
Tavis Smiley ... Anchor
Janet Zappala ... Reporter

Victoria Leigh ... Stephanie

Cameron Ocasio ... BBQ Boy
Ethan Haberfield ... Pool Party Boy

Danielle Kotch ... Lawn Girl

Blake Mizrahi ... Sleepy Time Boy
Nicholas King ... Bughuul / Mr. Boogie (as Nick King)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lorraine Aceves ... BBQ Mom (uncredited)
Chester the Chihuahua ... Barking Dog (uncredited)

Vincent D'Onofrio ... Professor Jonas (uncredited)

Rachel Konstantin ... Mrs. Stevenson (uncredited)
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Directed by
Scott Derrickson 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Scott Derrickson (written by) &
C. Robert Cargill (written by)

Produced by
Jason Blum .... producer
Jeanette Brill .... associate producer (as Jeanette Volturno-Brill)
Bailey Conway .... associate producer
Scott Derrickson .... executive producer
Gerard DiNardi .... line producer
Jessica L. Hall .... associate producer (as Jessica Hall)
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones .... producer
Charles Layton .... executive producer
Rick Osako .... associate producer (as Rick A. Osako)
 
Original Music by
Christopher Young 
 
Cinematography by
Chris Norr (director of photography) (as Christopher Norr)
 
Film Editing by
Frédéric Thoraval 
 
Casting by
Sheila Jaffe 
Ruth Salen 
 
Production Design by
David Brisbin 
 
Art Direction by
John El Manahi 
 
Set Decoration by
Sarah Dennis 
 
Costume Design by
Abby O'Sullivan 
 
Makeup Department
Ozzy Alvarez .... special effects makeup: for Mr. King
Joe Amella .... special effects makeup artist
Adam Bailey .... special makeup effects artist
Sonia Castleberry .... hair stylist
Sarah Hindsgaul .... hair stylist
Satoko Ichinose .... hair department head
Karma Karel .... makeup department head: Los Angeles
Rich Krusell .... special effects makeup artist (as Rich Krussell)
Laura Lieffring .... makeup effects technician
Liliana Meyrick .... key hair stylist
Jason Milani .... special effects makeup artist
Lauzanne Nel .... key makeup artist
Danielle Noe .... special effects makeup supervisor
Björn Rehbein .... special effects makeup artist (as Bjoern Rehbein)
Terry Robbins .... hair department head: Los Angeles
Stayc St. Onge .... special effects makeup artist
Arielle Toelke .... makeup department head
Dawn Tunnell .... additional makeup
 
Production Management
Kaylene Carlson .... unit production manager
Phillip Dawe .... post-production executive
James K. Jensen .... post-production supervisor
Lior Vardi .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicholas R. Bell .... second assistant director
Adam Bernard .... second second assistant director
Gerard DiNardi .... first assistant director: Los Angeles
Erica Fishman .... second assistant director
Danny Giles .... second assistant director: Los Angeles (as Daniel A. Giles-Valera)
Eddie Griffith .... additional second second assistant director
Matthew Tibbenham .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Phil Beck III .... leadman
Aaron Becker .... main title design & graphic design
Sarah Berney .... scenic charge
Eric Bryant .... graphic artist
Peter Bundrick .... key carpenter
Jacqueline Canto .... assistant set decorator (as Jackie Canto)
Carmen Cardenas .... assistant art director
Charles J. Coleman .... assistant property master
Roddy Cruz .... set dresser production assistant
Cortney Cunnane .... set decoration intern
Catherine Devaney .... assistant to production designer (as Cate Devaney)
Doug Devine .... set dresser: Los Angeles
Richard Hebrank .... construction coordinator (as Richie Hebrank)
John Kennedy .... construction grip
Su Lee .... art department production assistant
Su Lee-Cruz .... art production assistant
Chris Leuzzi .... set dresser
Jackie Lipton .... set paintings
Nicolas Luna .... props
Mike Marzigliano .... on set dresser
David Newhouse .... art intern
John Paul .... scenic
Justin Price .... set dresser: Los Angeles
Ben Ross .... carpenter foreman
Cecilia Scarabello .... art intern
Benjamin Thomas Scarsbrook .... concept artist
Evan Seide .... additional on-set dresser
Andrew Settle .... leadman: Los Angeles
Darren Sharkey .... props
Lee Shevett .... key construction grip
Mike Spence .... set dresser
Thomas Spence .... property master: Los Angeles
Dennis Tillberg .... scenic
Omar Vaid .... property master
Rocio Valenzuela .... art intern
Amy Vuckovich .... set decorator: Los Angeles
 
Sound Department
Marc Aramian .... sound designer
Dane A. Davis .... sound designer
Dane A. Davis .... supervising sound editor
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York
Fritz Francois .... additional boom operator
Paul Hackner .... co-supervising sound editor
Paul Hackner .... sound re-recording mixer
Jack Hutson .... sound mixer
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
Thomas W. Jordan .... boom operator
Aaron Morgan .... additional foley mixer
Beaux Neylon .... adr mixer
John Sanacore .... foley mixer
Ric Schnupp .... adr recordist
Alex Ullrich .... foley artist (as Alex Ullirch)
David A. Whittaker .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Peter Appold .... special effects technician
Phillip Beck .... special effects coordinator (as Phil Beck Jr.)
Robert Beck .... special effects technician
John DiClementi .... special effects technician
John Howell .... special effects technician
Ryan Senecal .... special effects coordinator: Los Angeles
 
Visual Effects by
David Altenau .... visual effects supervisor
Mike Bozulich .... compositor
Antonio Chang .... compositor
Adrian Colbert .... visual effects editor
Bruce Coy .... CG artist
Ryan Felix .... visual effects editor
Jason Fotter .... compositing supervisor
Ignacio Garcerón .... CG artist
Eric Hayden .... compositor
Tim Jacobsen .... visual effects producer
Benjamin Liu .... CG artist
Diane Macke .... visual effects coordinator
Matthew Massarella .... compositor (as Matt Massarella)
Josh Miyaji .... compositor
Kimberly Pepe .... compositor
Jason Piccioni .... visual effects producer
Aldo Ruggiero .... CG artist
Evan Underwood .... visual effects artist
Matt von Brock .... CG supervisor: FuseFX
Pablo Wang .... compositor
Jason Piccioni .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Emily Brobst .... stunt double
Heidi Burger .... stunt performer
Scott Burik .... stunt performer
Chris Colombo .... stunt performer
Roy Farfel .... stunt rigger
Jim Ford .... stunt rigger
Tanner Gill .... stunts
Szilvia Gogh .... stunts
Greg Harvey .... stunt rigger
David Januzzi .... stunt rigger
Chris J. King .... stunt performer
Michael R. King .... stunts
Rob King .... stunt coordinator: Los Angeles
Jasi Cotton Lanier .... stunt double
Katie Letien .... stunt rigger (as Katie Leiten)
Victor Paguia .... stunt rigger (as Victoria Paguia)
Devin Sanchez .... stunt performer
David Shumbris .... stunt rigger
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Mark Stefanich .... stunts
Shawnna Thibodeau .... stunt performer (as Shawnna Thibodeaw)
Trampas Thompson .... stunt coordinator: New York
Aaron Vexler .... stunt double: Ethan Hawke
Katie Letien .... stunt double: Mrs.Stevenson (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Craig Addonizio .... electrician
George Bianchini .... steadicam operator
Ethan Borsuk .... camera first assistant
Kenith Bruzzo .... grip
Jenna Bush .... camera intern
Randolph Carty .... dolly grip (as Randolph 'Rudie' Carty)
Phillip V. Caruso .... still photographer (as Phil Caruso)
Carl Casano .... electrician
Scott DeAngelo .... grip
Will Dearborn .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Jack Donnelly .... b camera operator
Sean Feehan .... electrician
Daniel Feighery .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Danny Feighery)
Kenneth Fundus .... best boy grip
Justin W. King .... additional electrician
Alex Klabukov .... key grip: Los Angeles
Nina Kuhn .... chief lighting technician
Jeremy Launais .... chief lighting technician: Los Angeles
Scott Maguire .... additional camera operator
Scott Maguire .... camera operator
Daniel James McCabe .... best boy electric
Daniel C. McFadden .... still photographer: Los Angeles
Dan Merrill .... camera second assistant
Blaise Miller .... genny operator
Ryan Nethery .... additional electrician
Ross Neugeboren .... additional electrician
Mark Petronio .... grip
Brent Poleski .... key grip
Chris Reynolds .... additional b-camera operator
Steve Scammell .... motion control technician
Randy Schwartz .... b camera second assistant
Adam Smelin .... video playback operator
Jacob Stahlman .... media manager
Rob Tedeschi Jr. .... grip
Matthew Tibbenham .... b camera: supervisor
 
Casting Department
Susan Paley Abramson .... casting associate
Alexandra Franklin .... casting assistant
Alexandra Franklin .... casting assistant
Lee Genick .... extras casting: Sylvia Fay & Associates
Ronen Gevint .... extras casting: Sylvia Fay & Associates
Joseph Hicks .... extras casting: Los Angeles
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lainie Anderson .... additional costumer
Safiyyah Fatin .... wardrobe production assistant
Jane Gerber .... additional wardrobe assistant
Shawnique Hill .... costume supervisor
Delvan James .... on set costumer
Alyssa Rodriguez .... additional costumer
Gina Ruiz .... wardrobe assistant
Jessica Wenger .... costume supervisor: Los Angeles
 
Editorial Department
Reggie Diaz .... digital intermediate producer: Cinelicious
Tony Dustin .... digital intermediate colorist: Technicolor
Tyler Fagerstrom .... digital intermediate assistant: Cinelicious
Paul Korver .... post-production consultant: Super 8mm
Sarah C. Reeves .... first assistant editor
Steve Rodriguez .... digital intermediate colorist: Cinelicious
David E. Schneider .... digital intermediate editor: Technicolor (as Dave Schneider)
Brian Swanson .... additional assistant editor
Christine Vasquez .... digital intermediate producer
Christine Vasquez .... digital intermediate producer: Technicolor (as Christine Dougherty)
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jason Acuna .... composer: additional music
Jason Acuna .... music sound designer
Jason Acuna .... synth programming
Marc Aramian .... composer: additional music
Marc Aramian .... music sound designer
Marc Aramian .... synth programming
Samantha Barker .... score music coordinator
Sebastian C. Besquet .... orchestrator (as Sebastian Cano Besquet)
Art Denissov .... music sound designer
Art Denissov .... synth programming
Silke Matzpohl .... score coordinator
Thomas Milano .... music editor
Rebecca Nunez .... score coordinator
Megumi Sasano .... score coordinator
Daniel Wehr .... composer: additional music
Daniel Wehr .... music sound designer
Daniel Wehr .... synth programming
Christopher Young .... orchestrator
Max Blomgren .... additional synthesizer programming (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
J. Tom Jones .... transportation captain: LA Unit (as Tom Jones)
Herb Lieberz .... transportation coordinator
Scott Lieberz .... driver
James Messersmith .... driver: Los Angeles
Gary O'Connell .... driver
Gary O'Connell .... driver
Harry Ycaza .... production driver
Stacy Robinson .... driver: Los Angeles (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Michael Andrews .... provider: film projector
Giuseppe Ardizzone .... set production assistant
Josh Bell .... payroll accountant
Stephen Belmont .... production assistant
Steve Berens .... animal wrangler
Steve Berens .... animal wrangler: Los Angeles
Mitchell Berkowitz .... set medic
Deborah Blake .... set medic
Keith Blomberg .... personal assistant to Mr. Blum
Charmaine Boos .... on-set teacher: Los Angeles
George Brassey .... key set production assistant
Blaine Chou .... set production assistant
Maryann C. Contrubis .... production accountant (as Maryann C. Fondulas)
Cortney Cunnane .... set production assistant
Olenka Denysenko .... script supervisor
Pete DiFolco .... assistant production coordinator
Alex Dorman .... location assistant
Minnie Duerr .... post-production accountant
Sean Evans .... marketing and publicity
Howard Fabrick .... legal counsel: production union
David Falicki .... lifeguard: Los Angeles
Alyssa Fannick .... production assistant
Erik Feig .... production executive
David Formentin .... production office assistant
Emmanuelle George .... production secretary
George Gotischalk .... projectionist
Richard Green .... epk producer
Avalonne Hall .... set production intern
Brian Havens .... chef: Star Struck Catering
Parker Haynes .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Cathy Heskin .... set medic
Matt Hill .... set production assistant: Los Angeles (as Matthew Hill)
Gary A. Hirsch .... production legal counsel
Joseph Hui .... craft service: Los Angeles (as Joe Hui)
Kerri Hundley .... production coordinator
Dane Jensen .... post production intern
Natalie Jones .... production assistant
Natalie Jones .... set production assistant (as Natali Jones)
Elliott Kerman .... tax credit accountant
Greg Knapp .... set medic: Los Angeles
Daniel Kopulos .... snake wrangler
Eric Ladd .... end credits
Timothy LaFleur .... set production assistant
Duke Lee .... snake wrangler
Jackie Lipton .... provider: set paintings
Charles Loguidice .... dog wrangler
Paul Lucero .... location assistant
Jesse A. Magan .... projectionist
Nino Mancuso .... set production assistant: Los Angeles
Nino Mancuso .... set production assistant
Thomas Meyer .... office intern
Murray Miller .... location manager: Los Angeles
Murray Miller .... location manager: Los Angeles
Mike Mitchell .... production assistant
Sarah Nadeau .... office intern
Michael Nickodem .... location manager
Amy Paquette .... legal counsel: Alliance Films
Daniel A. Parker .... production coordinator: Los Angeles (as Dan Parker)
Christopher L. Perez .... production legal counsel (as Chris Perez)
Christopher L. Perez .... production legal counsel
Chelsea Peters .... assistant: Mr. Blum
Andi Polland .... stand-in
Anthony Rigual .... production assistant
Javier Rojas .... craft service
Gregory Routt .... location scout (as Greg Routt)
Stacy Rowe .... script supervisor
Christine Rudakewycz .... educator: on set
Baltimore Russell .... stand-in
Alex Saks .... assistant: Mr. Kavanaugh-Jones
Michael Schaefer .... production executive
Windi See Vianello .... first assistant accountant
Evan Seide .... snake wrangler
Adam M. Stone .... product placement coordinator: Stone Management, Inc. (as Adam Stone)
Cat Stone .... product placement coordinator: Stone Management, Inc.
Matthew Tibbenham .... assistant to director
Roger R. Velilia .... on-set craft service (as Roger Velilla)
Lisa Walker .... set medic
Brian Wiggins .... production assistant
 
Thanks
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W.B. Kirby Hill .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks for their contributions and support to the making of this movie
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Richard Kuhnla .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks for their contribution
Julie Mandelbaum .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks for their contribution
Dror Mohar .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks for their contribution
Miguel Palos .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks for their contribution
Frank Prugo .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks for their contribution
Michael Roban .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks for their contribution
Tavis Smiley .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks for their contributions and support to the making of this movie
Lauren Valenti .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks for their contribution
Bonnie Voland .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks for their contribution
Rebecca Weis .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks for their contribution
Cornel West .... the filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks for their contribution (as Dr. Cornel West)
 

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Also Known As:
"Footage" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for disturbing violent images and some terror
Runtime:
110 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Writer C. Robert Cargill got the idea for the script from a nightmare he had after watching The Ring (2002).See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: Ellison finds a scorpion in the attic of the house when he first ventures up there. We find out later that the house is in Pennsylvania. Scorpions, mostly found in subtropical climates, are not native to Pennsylvania. When Ellison mentions it to the deputy, he reacts as if it was a normal occurrence, rather than pointing out that it would have had to have been planted there.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Tracy:Just one box?
Ellison Oswalt:It's for my office. It's fragile.
Tracy:Sissy.
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98 out of 144 people found the following review useful.
Horreur technologique, 12 October 2012
Author: drownsoda90 from Portland, Oregon, USA

In this day and age, horror is getting more and more creative by demand since the psycho killer in the woods-scenario has pretty much run its course. A consequence of that is the incorporation of contemporary technology and concepts appearing in the genre; "found footage" films have replaced Jason and Michael, and while these films do have potential (this year's indie "V/H/S" had some neat ideas), even they are beginning to lose steam. Enter "Sinister", which is an amalgam of timeless supernatural horror themes and "found footage" technique that has proved to be a consistent box office draw.

"Sinister" follows a true crime author, Ellison (Ethan Hawke) who moves his family (unbeknownst to them) into a house where an entire family was hung to death in a tree in their backyard, save the youngest daughter who vanished without a trace. Upon moving in, Ellison finds a box of 8mm footage and a projector in the attic; contained in these reels of film are various murders dating from the 1960s up to present day— one of them is the filming of the hanging murder that occurred in his backyard. As he furthers investigation into the footage, he finds more than he bargained for when connections are made to an ancient deity who takes the souls of children.

On a surface level, "Sinister" appears like every other horror piece on the market, but I was surprised by the substance the film had. Conceptually and thematically speaking, it's not painfully original, but director Scott Derrickson makes up for that with striking visuals and a daunting soundtrack. The opening of the film is particularly disturbing— the movie begins with the family hanging murder, which sets a damned unsettling tone for the rest of the film.

In terms of the supernatural elements at play in the script, they almost seem fairytale-ish (a Pagan deity who feeds on children— c'mon), but it does add a unique element to the film. I have to say though that the most frightening thing in this movie are the actual murder tapes themselves. It could be just me, but the notion of filmed murders unsettles me to the core, even if I know that the footage is faked; as if the act of murder itself isn't awful enough, documenting it is downright... well, sinister. The footage utilized in the film is unsettling, shocking, and above all, it's realistic, so the audience gets the same unpleasant feelings shared by Ethan Hawke's character. Truly macabre stuff.

Another major positive for this film is that the acting is far above par for what most genre fans are dealt. Ethan Hawke is a quality actor and newcomer Juliet Rylance proves her chops here; their scenes together are particularly strong, and much more than any horror fan could dream of asking for. The film's ending can be seen from a certain distance, although it doesn't necessarily make it less shocking in this case. If anything, it adds to the sense of dread pervading the film.

Overall, "Sinister" was a pleasant surprise for me. It doesn't offer heaps in terms of originality, but it's a stylistically stunning film and takes steps in the right in direction very gracefully. When it comes down to it, I can't say that I was even really "scared" by the film so much as I was unsettled by it. It has its share of orthodox jump scares, but I was more bothered and rattled by the grim nature of the film as a whole, which is a nice feeling to walk away from the theater with as a thick-skinned genre fan who has become increasingly harder to unnerve. 7/10.

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