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Sinister (2012)

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Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies which suggest the murder he's currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s.

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Scott Derrickson
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ethan Hawke ... Ellison Oswalt
Juliet Rylance ... Tracy
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Sheriff
James Ransone ... Deputy
Michael Hall D'Addario ... Trevor
Clare Foley ... Ashley
Rob Riley Rob Riley ... E.M.T.
Tavis Smiley ... Anchor
Janet Zappala Janet Zappala ... Reporter
Victoria Leigh ... Stephanie
Cameron Ocasio ... BBQ Boy
Ethan Haberfield Ethan Haberfield ... Pool Party Boy
Danielle Kotch ... Lawn Girl
Blake Mizrahi ... Sleepy Time Boy
Nicholas King ... Bughuul / Mr. Boogie (as Nick King)
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Storyline

Writer, Ellison Oswalt moves his family into a house where a horrific crime took place earlier, but his family doesn't know. He begins researching the crime so he can write a book about it to help his career. He uses some footage he finds in the house to help him in his research, but soon finds more than he bargained for. Written by Michael Hallows Eve

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writer | box | super 8 | ghost | fear | See All (108) »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Scott Derrickson Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,007,634, 14 October 2012

Gross USA:

$48,086,903

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,515,113
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The only one to survive any of Bughuul's super 8 snuff film reel murders in Sinister, was the Miller family's pet chihuahua from the "Sleepytime '98" reel. The dog seemingly survived, unlike its unfortunate owners, and the dog wasn't tied down with duct tape either the way the Miller family was. See more »

Goofs

Just for the record: all the films on the reels shown are STANDARD 8mm and NOT Super 8mm as incorrectly identified in the narrative. The splicing kit used is also for the STANDARD 8mm format. The film projector featured is also a STANDARD 8mm machine. But the movie camera shown at the end of the film looks very much like a Bolex Super 8mm camera that were very popular in the 1970s/80s. 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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Blood Swamp
Written & Performed by Sunn O & Boris
Courtesy of Southern Lord Recordings
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Sinister- See It In Cinema
13 September 2012 | by cookiechip_07See 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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