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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 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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Filmed at The Kuvykin Mansion. also filmed in the Kuvykin Mansion Good Shepard, See more »


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

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Box Office

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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Trivia

In each of the snuff reels in Sinister, there are two halves to each film. One half shows an ordinary family from a specific decade doing normal things, and the second half shows the same family being murdered in a creative but disturbing way. The only one that doesn't follow this pattern is the 'Sleepytime 1998' reel, which only features a murder and doesn't feature a family doing ordinary things. It isn't implied that the Oswalt family is being filmed on super 8 doing ordinary things, either. See more »

Goofs

Ellison goes outside at night with a baseball bat to check for a possible intruder in his yard. He leaves the door wide open, but after taking 10 steps or so outside the house, the door is partially closed. 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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Music by Andrea Nébel (as Andréa Nebel)
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Sinister. A Excellent Horror Film.
14 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

Sinister is very well made horror film. It is the only scary horror film I've seen for a very long time. It's never too cliché as most horror movies are. It never cheats you. The performances are believable and the story is intriguing and always moving. The director has control over his audience, and the audience is completely okay with that. I knew early into the film what kind of horror film it was and I how it would scare me. And that what was one of things it had going for it. You can anticipate the scares and that makes it much more frightening. Do not confuse anticipation with predictability. The movie wasn't too gruesome, which left more room for actual fear. All in all, it is a very good film, So good, it's almost... Sinister...


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