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Sinister (2012)

  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 27,274 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 12 October 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 110 min
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  • IMDb page: Sinister (2012)
  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 27,274 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 12 October 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 110 min
  • Filming Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $3,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $47,917,444(USA)(16 December 2012)
  • Director: Scott Derrickson
  • Stars: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance and James Ransone|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Christopher Young   
  • Soundtrack: Fragment #1
  • Sound Mix: Datasat | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Supernatural | Child In Peril | Power Outage | Year 2012 | Killed With A Lawnmower

Writing Credits By:

  • Scott Derrickson (written by) &
  • C. Robert Cargill (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Screenwriter C. Robert Cargill admitted that the name of Ethan Hawkes’ character, Ellison Oswalt, was inspired by author Harlan Ellison and comedian Patton Oswalt.

Goofs: Continuity: The police officer of the town that Ellison's family moved to is referred to and credited as a deputy, but on the sleeve of his uniform it says "Sheriff".

Plot: A true-crime writer finds a cache of 8mm "snuff" films that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose career dates back to the 1960s. Full summary »  »

Story: True-crime writer Ellison Oswalt moves himself and his family in to a house where an horrific crime took place earlier, but his family doesn't know. He is trying to find out more about the crime so he can write a new book about it to help his flailing career. He uses some "snuff" film that he finds which show the crimes to help 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. Things take a turn for the worst. Will they survive?Written by Michael Hallows Eve  


Synopsis: 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. Upon seeing this 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 begins to show up 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 lie 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. 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 would supposedly appear 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, he 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 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 documents the grisly murders of her father, mother, and brother, 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 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".


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Jason Blum known as producer
  • Jeanette Brill known as associate producer
  • Bailey Conway known as associate producer
  • Scott Derrickson known as executive producer
  • Gerard DiNardi known as line producer
  • Jessica L. Hall known as associate producer
  • Brian Kavanaugh-Jones known as producer
  • Charles Layton known as executive producer
  • Rick Osako known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Ethan Hawke known as Ellison Oswalt
  • Juliet Rylance known as Tracy
  • Fred Dalton Thompson known as Sheriff
  • James Ransone known as Deputy
  • Michael Hall D'Addario known as Trevor
  • Clare Foley known as Ashley
  • Rob Riley known as E.M.T.
  • Tavis Smiley known as Anchor
  • Janet Zappala known as Reporter
  • Victoria Leigh known as Stephanie
  • Cameron Ocasio known as BBQ Boy
  • Ethan Haberfield known as Pool Party Boy
  • Danielle Kotch known as Lawn Girl
  • Blake Mizrahi known as Sleepy Time Boy
  • Nicholas King known as Bughuul / Mr. Boogie
  • Lorraine Aceves known as BBQ Mom
  • Vincent D'Onofrio known as Professor Jonas (uncredited)
  • Rachel Konstantin known as Mrs. Stevenson (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Ozzy Alvarez known as special makeup effects artist
  • Joe Amella known as special makeup effects artist
  • Sonia Castleberry known as hair stylist
  • Sarah Hindsgaul known as hair stylist
  • Satoko Ichinose known as hair department head
  • Rich Krusell known as special makeup effects artist
  • Laura Lieffring known as makeup effects technician
  • Liliana Meyrick known as key hair stylist
  • Jason Milani known as special makeup effects artist
  • Lauzanne Nel known as key makeup artist
  • Björn Rehbein known as special makeup effects artist
  • Stayc St. Onge known as special makeup effects artist
  • Arielle Toelke known as makeup department head
  • Dawn Tunnell known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Aaron Becker known as main title design & graphic design
  • Eric Bryant known as graphic designer
  • Carmen Cardenas known as assistant art director
  • Cortney Cunnane known as set decoration intern
  • Catherine Devaney known as storyboard artist
  • Doug Devine known as set dresser: Los Angeles
  • Nicolas Luna known as props
  • David Newhouse known as art intern
  • Justin Price known as set dresser: Los Angeles
  • Benjamin Thomas Scarsbrook known as concept artist
  • Evan Seide known as on set dresser
  • Andrew Settle known as leadman
  • Darren Sharkey known as props
  • Omar Vaid known as property master
  • Amy Vuckovich known as set decorator: Los Angeles




Production Companies:

  • Alliance Films (presents)
  • Automatik Entertainment
  • Blumhouse Productions
  • IM Global (in association with)
  • Possessed Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Anarchy Post  foley recording
  • Cinelicious  DI scanning (super 8mm)
  • Danetracks  sound design
  • Danetracks  sound design, editorial, and mixing
  • Danetracks  sound editorial
  • Danetracks  sound re-recording
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • IndieClear  script clearance
  • Stone Management  product placement
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack


  • Alfa Films (2012) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Alliance Films (2012) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment One Benelux (2012) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2012) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Summit Entertainment (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Viva Films (2012) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Wild Bunch Distribution (2012) (France) (theatrical)
  • Wild Bunch (2012) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Aurum Producciones (2012) (Spain) (all media)
  • E Stars Films (2012) (China) (all media)
  • IM Global (2012) (worldwide) (all media)
  • Mongkol Major (2012) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Pris Audiovisuais (2012) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2012) (India) (all media)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:

  • Ignacio Garcerón known as visual effects artist
  • Diane Macke known as visual effects coordinator
  • Matthew Massarella known as digital compositor (as Matt Massarella)
  • Josh Miyaji known as visual effects artist
  • Jason Piccioni known as visual effects producer
  • Jason Piccioni known as visual effects supervisor
  • Aldo Ruggiero known as visual effects artist
  • Matt von Brock known as CG supervisor: FuseFX
  • Pablo Wang known as visual effects artist

Release Date:

  • USA 11 March 2012 (South by Southwest Film Festival)
  • USA 21 September 2012 (Fantastic Fest)
  • Ireland 5 October 2012
  • UK 5 October 2012
  • Philippines 10 October 2012
  • Russia 11 October 2012
  • Singapore 11 October 2012
  • Brazil 12 October 2012
  • Canada 12 October 2012
  • Mexico 12 October 2012
  • USA 12 October 2012
  • Malaysia 18 October 2012
  • Argentina 25 October 2012
  • Estonia 26 October 2012
  • Finland 26 October 2012
  • Lithuania 26 October 2012
  • Norway 31 October 2012
  • Spain 31 October 2012
  • Australia 1 November 2012
  • Chile 1 November 2012
  • Denmark 1 November 2012
  • Belgium 7 November 2012
  • France 7 November 2012
  • Bahrain 8 November 2012
  • Portugal 8 November 2012
  • Sweden 14 November 2012 (Stockholm International Film Festival)
  • Kuwait 15 November 2012
  • Netherlands 15 November 2012
  • Germany 22 November 2012
  • Hong Kong 22 November 2012
  • Poland 23 November 2012
  • Sweden 30 November 2012
  • Taiwan 30 November 2012
  • Hungary 6 December 2012
  • Sweden 6 March 2013 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for disturbing violent images and some terror



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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