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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The name 'Bughuul' translates back to 'Boogeyman'. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 30 mins) When Ellison carries a container of materials to the attic for storage (which should contain a number of items) it is apparent that it is empty as he drops it on the attic floor, having been startled to see the projector box already sitting in the attic. 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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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Movie Review: Sinister (2012) See more »

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A Body of Water
Written and Performed by Judgehydrogen
Courtesy of Rising Oculus Recordings
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Well written creepy horror
13 September 2020 | by nashw82See all my reviews

In a market that's saturated with predictable jumpscares and unscary gorefests it is refreshing to see a horror movie with a well written story, quality actors and a genuinely creepy atmosphere. The chilling tone is set from the opening scene and it slowly builds throughout the film. Ethan Hawke is great as the true crime author obsessed with the case of a murdered family, and the rest of the cast do a solid job with their roles. Definitely one of the better horror films of this decade.


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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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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