Sinister is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. It follows true-crime writer Ellison (Ethan Hawke) as he discovers a box of home movies that puts his family in danger. The film employs “found footage” along with traditional cinematography. Sinister premiered at the SXSW festival, and was released in the United States on October 12, 2012.
Movie2k Watch Movies – Sinister Plot
The film opens on Super 8 footage where a family of four are standing under a tree with bags over their heads and nooses around their necks. An unseen figure saws a tree limb acting as a counterweight with a pole saw, and cuts it off, sending the family up, strangling them.
Months later, true-crime novelist Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) moves into the same house as the murdered family with his wife, Tracy (Juliet Rylance), and their two children Ashley (Clare Foley) and Trevor (Michael Hall D’Addario). Ellison uses the murders as the basis for his new book. Supposedly, there were five members in the family, and one of the children went missing after the murders.
Ellison finds a box in the attic, which contains a projector and several reels of Super 8 footage that are each labeled as if innocent home movies. He watches the films, all depicting families murdered in various ways, including having their throats slit in bed (Sleepy Time ’98), an arson (BBQ ’79), being drowned in their pool (Pool Party ’66), being run over by a lawn mower (Lawn Work ’86) and the hanging that opened the movie (Family Hanging Out ’11). The drowning one proves especially disturbing for him, as he sees a dark figure with a demonic face in the pool. Upon seeing figure, strange things begin happening around the house. Ellison continues to observe the films, and discovers strange things in them, such as symbols painted near the murder scenes, and the demonic figure, which he eventually notices in every film.
He calls a deputy (James Ransone) to help him find the location of these murders. After going through the images, the deputy refers him to a local professor, Jonas (Vincent D’Onofrio), whose expertise lies within the occult and demonic phenomena, to decipher the symbol in the films. Jonas tells Ellison that the symbols are that of a Pagan deity named Bughuul, who was known as an eater of children’s souls, killing the families of the child and then taking the child to his own netherworld. One night, Ellison hears the film projector running and goes up to the attic. He finds five children (all of whom were the missing from each family after they were murdered) watching one of the films. Bughuul suddenly appears on camera, up-close, unlike in any of the other films. When Bughuul suddenly appears in front of him, Ellison falls from the attic. Having had enough, he burns the projector and the film and moves out with his family. Upon returning to their old house, he goes into the attic and finds the box containing the projector and film, completely unharmed. However, there is a new item inside: an envelope with “extended endings.” Within that, Ellison finds that after each murder took place, the missing child would come onscreen, revealing them to be the murderers, and then disappear.
Ellison again chats with Professor Jonas, who sends him scans of rare historical drawings of the mysterious symbol and explains that Bughuul supposedly lived in the images, which acted as portals between his realm and the mortal realm.
Shortly after, the deputy, whose repeated calls Ellison had been ignoring all day, calls again and this time Ellison picks up. The deputy informs him that he has discovered the link between the murders: each family had last lived in the house where the previous murder had taken place. By moving out of the house, the deputy continues, Ellison has put himself and his family in place to continue the pattern. Ellison begins feeling light-headed. He looks in his empty coffee cup and finds a mysterious liquid left behind, then notices the note that was under his cup from his daughter reading “Good Night Daddy”, and loses consciousness.
Upon waking, he finds himself, his wife and son bound and gagged in the same manner as the families in the Super 8 films. Ashley walks in, carrying an axe and a Super 8 camera. She then, using the axe, murders her family, and paints the walls in their blood, with several childish images such as unicorns, cats and dogs . She then goes to the projector and plays the film she just took, revealing the children in the hallway. Upon Bughuul’s appearance, the children run away. Bughuul’s hands are covered in the mysterious green liquid from Ellison’s coffee cup, implying it was his blood. Bughuul picks up Ashley and walks into the film with her.
The final shot shows the box of film in the attic of the Oswalt house, this time with a new canister that reads “House Painting ’12”. Suddenly, Bughuul appears (as he did in the attic to Ellison), implying that the viewers are his next victims.
Movie2k Watch Movies – Sinister Cast
Ethan Hawke as Ellison Oswalt
Juliet Rylance as Tracy Oswalt
Clare Foley as Ashley Oswalt
Michael Hall D’Addario as Trevor Oswalt
Fred Thompson as Sheriff
James Ransone as Deputy So-And-So
Vincent D’Onofrio as Professor Jonas
Movie2k Watch Movies – Sinister Production
Shooting for Sinister began in fall of 2011, with Ethan Hawke and Juliet Rylance signing on to star in the film.
In a recent interview with “Bleeding Cool”, screenwriter Cargill recently admitted that Ethan Hawkes’ character got his name (Ellison Oswalt) from writer Harlan Ellison and Comedian/Writer Patton Oswalt — Cargill keeps books by both men on his shelves.
Movie2k Watch Movies – Sinister Release
First revealed at the SXSW festival in the United States, Sinister premiered in the United Kingdom at the London FrightFest and in Spain at the Sitges Film Festival. the movie release the 12 october 2012 in Quebec
Movie2k Watch Movies – Sinister Reception
Reviews for Sinister have been generally positive, with Variety praising the movie as “the sort of tale that would paralyze kids’ psyches”. Film.com stated that Sinister was a “deeply frightening horror film that takes its obligation to alarm very seriously”. Roger Ebert gave it 3 out of 4 stars, calling it “an undeniably scary movie.”
As of October 29, 2012, the film has a 61% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes with 119 reviews.The concensus of the site is “Its plot hinges on typically implausible horror-movie behavior and recycles countless genre cliches, but Sinister delivers a surprising number of fresh, diabolical twists.” CraveOnline called the film “solid” but remarked that the film “doesn’t quite go to the next level that gets me like an Insidious”, and IGN praised the film’s story while criticizing some of Sinister’s “scream-out-loud moments” as lazy.
Ryan Lambie of Den of Geek wrote,
For the most part, Sinister is about its protagonist’s growing obsession. Director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still) appears to be deeply influenced not just by the horror genre (most obviously The Shining) [but also] by such films as Michael Mann’s Manhunter, Joel Schumacher’s 8mm, and Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation. Like the main characters of those films, Ellison becomes consumed by a mystery, and spends long periods of time engrossed in the pursuit of the truth – like us, he’s repulsed by what he sees, but can’t quite bring himself to look away.
Lambie, rating the movie 3 of 5 stars, says that despite its “faults, there’s something undeniably powerful about Sinister. Hawke’s performance holds the screen through its more hackneyed moments, and it’s the scenes where it’s just him, a projector, and a few feet of hideous 8mm footage where the movie truly convinces. And while its scares are frequently cheap, it’s also difficult to deny that Sinister sometimes manages to inspire moments of palpable dread.” The reviewer for Time Out London granted only 2 out of 5 stars, saying, “This so-so, occasionally effective horror film combines found-footage creepiness and haunted-house scares – but is stronger on mood than story.”
Reviewer Garry McConnachie of Scotland’s Daily Record rated the film 4 of 5 stars, saying, “this is how Hollywood horror should be done… Sinister covers all its bases with aplomb.”
- Crime Novelist
- Crime Writer
- D Addario
- Ethan Hawke
- Horror Film
- Murder Scenes
- Pool Party
- Scott Derrickson
- Sinister Plot
- Sleepy Time
- Strange Things
- Supernatural Horror
- Sxsw Festival
- Tree Limb
- Wife Tracy
- Writer Ellison