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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 in his new home that suggest the murder that he is 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 Thompson ... Sheriff (as Fred Dalton Thompson)
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

Crime 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 in hopes of writing a book about it. Oswalt examines video footage that he finds in the house to help him in his research, but he soon discovers more than he bargained for. 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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Trivia

The movie was inspired by a nightmare writer C. Robert Cargill had after watching The Ring (2002). The Ring and its source film Ringu (1998) were both financed by Japanese film producer Takashige Ichise, who's first major box office success was the film Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis (1988), a fantasy horror about a ghoulish entity who hypnotizes and kidnaps innocents. See more »

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(at around 1 min) In the very first scene after the four bodies are hauled up on the ropes, they kick a while then seem to die. They are all hanging by the neck which holds the head erect. After the one on the right dies, its head droops. That clearly shows that the body is on a hanging body rig. The head would never droop while hanging by the neck. 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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Soundtracks

Fragment #9
Written by Nicholas Triarchos
Performed by Accurst
Courtesy of Red Stream, Inc./Colflesh Music
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Scary.
31 July 2016 | by johnwiltshireauthorSee all my reviews

This is about as scary as I want to movie to be. I genuinely jumped a few times watching this and once or twice muted the sound. Which makes me laugh writing it, but trust me, there are scenes in this film that challenge the old ticker. A cardboard box in the hallway comes to mind. Those who've seen the film will know what I mean. I particularly liked the use of the found footage in this movie. It was very well integrated into the overall film and extremely disturbing. There is definite potential to make a sequel to this, as the story is set up to have a new chapter. I'd watch it during the day next time. Highly recommended for jump-scare horror fans.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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2.35 : 1
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