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Sinister (2012)

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Sinister is a movie starring Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, and James Ransone. 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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Ellison Oswalt
... Tracy
... Sheriff
... Deputy
... Trevor
... Ashley
Rob Riley ... E.M.T.
... Anchor
Janet Zappala ... Reporter
... Stephanie
... BBQ Boy
Ethan Haberfield ... Pool Party Boy
... Lawn Girl
... Sleepy Time Boy
... Bughuul / Mr. Boogie (as Nick King)
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Storyline

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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12 October 2012 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,435,722 (United Kingdom), 7 October 2012, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,007,634, 14 October 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$48,086,903

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,727,807
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The sheriff in the film is played by Fred Dalton Thompson, former Republican Senator from Tennessee. Thompson also has sought the GOP nomination for president. See more »

Goofs

(at around 52 mins) The Deputy clearly states the street address of the Ramirez family as being on Dillington Street, but the author writes Billington on his notepad. 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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Waking Cthuhlu
Music by Andrea Nébel (as Andréa Nebel)
Performed by Aghast
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Superbly scary movie!
18 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

This movie is a must watch for all the horror fanatics. I really did not expect it to be so good and after watching it am totally impressed. The the sound effects are amazing. The movie is so unconventional and different than most horror movies in a way that it makes you wonder if its a true story. Best part is that it makes you think and there are so many scenes wherein you just want to pause the movie because you just cant handle the intense suspense. Its a must watch and you will not regret for even a single moment, all the more a true horror movie fan would get peace of mind for a good deal of time before they would want to watch another spin chilling horror movie. A fantastic horror movie after a long time!!! I hope a sequel comes out soon to reveal the secrets of the origin of the murderer!


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